Little-Known Suswa to Undergo Ksh700M Revamp After Uhuru's Visit

Suswa, a small town along the Nairobi-Narok major road, turned heads when the phase 2A of the Standard Gauge Railway was launched on Wednesday, October 16.

The Standard reported on Friday, October 18, that the government was set to develop an industrial park in the town.

The government plans to construct a Ksh700 million water channel from Lake Naivasha to feed into the planned park in Suswa.

Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui speaking in Narok, East on Thursday, October 17, revealed that the government had already identified a contractor who would oversee the project. 

"With the establishment of the Naivasha Dry Port and the Standard Gauge Railway, Suswa Town will slowly develop into a city. The industrial park will be constructed here, and it will be crucial to have water in this area," Chelugui disclosed.

Narok East MP, Lemanken Aramat, stressed the importance of following up on the project as the government had stalled on other development projects in the region.

He pointed out that a 100,000-cubic-metre dam in Lelong'o that was supposed to be rehabilitated by the government had been abandoned despite the government allocating Ksh70 million.

The Cabinet Secretary promised to look into the matter with a team of investigators to revamp the dam that could benefit up to 30,000 residents.

An inland container depot in Mai Mahiu would also benefit the town as more people from the area would get jobs from it.

President Kenyatta launched the second phase of the SGR on Wednesday, October 16, amid mockery from critics that the new line led to 'nowhere'.

Nominated Jubilee MP, David Ole Sankok, however, defended the town and the president by stating that Suswa was a well-known area with major accomplishments and projects.