I know we are inundated with photos of road building to extol the virtues of Chupilee Development but seriously how about a critical analysis huh? Does it make sense to spend money on SGR or on Roads ? What percentage of Kenyan roads are tarmacked? What percentage of our annual budgets goes to roads? Let us not be simpletons ,the only person I will allow to get away with stop gap measures is My county Governor Sonko because he was the least qualified professionally and so whatever advances he makes should be congratulated. He is doing well and the naysayers who thought he couldnt do it without Igathe are seeing that where theres a will theres a way regardless of your education or experience . Now can we critically analyse the Kenyan Road Infrastructure not in photo ops of individual but in percentiles - where are we? And is the cost of infrastructure inflated compared to say the same infrastructure in say Ethiopia which is a regional benchmark in this area as show below.

[SIZE=6]Addis Ababa spends big on roads (Ethiopia)[/SIZE] Tesfa Mogessie | Addis FortuneAugust 16, 2016

The road sector continues to enjoy the largest share of the budget from the Addis Abeba City Administration. For almost five years now, the sector has been allotted a large amount of money, surpassing investments in other sectors.

The road sector took the lion’s share of this fiscal year’s budget, with 5.5 billion Br out of the total 35.4 billion Br budget. The figure, though large, has seen a decline in comparison with the previous two fiscal years’ budget for roads – 5.7 billion and 5.8 billion Br.

The city’s budget, which comes after the city endorsed a new master plan, focuses on mass transportation schemes, housing and socio-economic development, and industrialisation, with the road sector getting the biggest portion.

For the last five consecutive years, the city has allocated 1.4 billion, 1.5 billion, 3.9 billion, 5.7 billion and 5.8 billion Br on road projects.

The city has been heavily investing in its road networks over the last six years, with coverage of the city reportedly reaching 22.16pc during the recently concluded fiscal year.

Established 18 years ago, the Addis Abeba City Roads Authority (AACRA) has been the custodian of the city’s drive to improve its road networks. The Authority is responsible for 16pc of the city’s current road coverage.

The city currently has a road network of 5,915km, which grew from 2014/15’s 5,365km. Large investments have resulted in pushing the proportion of asphalt roads to 44pc in the last fiscal year, with 2,616km.

“The road sector is among the top priorities of the budget and so takes a huge sum,” Belete Moges, policy study and analysis sub-process owner at the Addis Abeba Bureau of Finance and Economic Development (AAB0FED), told Fortune.

In the current fiscal year, the city government has allocated 15.5pc of its budget to road infrastructure development.

Though the road sector boasts the biggest share of the budget, it is very closely followed by the budget allocated for water and sewerage development. In 2016/17, 15.4pc of the budget is allocated to the development of water infrastructure, which is 22.7pc higher in comparison to the previous fiscal year.

Housing stands in third position, taking 1.6 billion Br of the budget – 11pc lower than the previous fiscal year.

The city’s economy is growing at a rate greater than the national average of around 10pc. Over the last five years, the city’s economy has been growing at 14.5pc. The growth rate is 10 times faster than the rate of neighbouring Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The three sectors- industry, services and urban agriculture – are behind this steady growth. All three sectors grew by 17pc in the 2014/15 fiscal year.

Driving the city’s investment in infrastructure is its improving capacity to collect taxes. In the 2014/15 fiscal year, the Ethiopian Revenue & Customs Authority’s Addis Abeba Branch collected over 22 billion Br in taxes. Though falling short of its target for the year by two billion birr, it recorded a four billion birr increment compared with the previous year.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration is trailing its tarmacked road targets after building about 3,200 kilometres of bitumen roads between 2013 and end of last year, official data show.

The total length of tarmacked roads extended to 14,500km by end of 2016, up from 11,300km in 2013, the Economic Survey 2017 states. This reflects a 28 per cent increase.

The figures on tarmacked road network[SIZE=6] fall 68 per cent short[/SIZE] of the 10,000km of roads that President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto pledged to build in their first term which ends on August 8.

That figure includes class D — linking county headquarters to its key centres, Class E — connects counties to miner centres and special purpose roads — connecting farms or factories to market — which were devolved last year.

“The development of bitumen roads has increased due to increased budgetary allocation,” the survey states.

During the period, the length of earth and gravel roads has also increased by 20,100km from 52,400km in the year that the Jubilee assumed power to 72,500km by December 31.

Taxpayers spent about Sh546 billion since 2013 on road works. Sh140 billion will be used to construct 1,247 kilometres of roads that have been ongoing since last year.

yes, because we are too busy crying about freselections every fortnight.

Ethiopia is a Totalitarian Government where stone throwers such as Miguna and Baboun are not tolerated at all in fact they would be in jail having their balls caressed without the knowledge of any githeri media.

Dont make excuses for an incompetent ‘govt’ , this was what they should have done before elections and they did not do it.

you cant barely do anything before some clowns go crying for fresh elections…