Multi-Billion Projects Transforming Machakos [PHOTOS]

  • Athi River Station in Machakos County
    Athi River Station in Machakos County
  • A lot has changed in Machakos County over the last ten years with several infrastructure projects in various areas of the county.

    There are projects that been undertaken by the county government, national government and Nairobi Metropolitan program.

    Here are some of the projects undertaken that have changed the face of the county:

    Water irrigation programmes

    In 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta reopened the Yatta Canal after Kshs 2.2 billion rehabilitation works which was the first time such a project was undertaken since the canal was constructed by the colonial government.

    The 58.8 kilometre Yatta Canal was part of the government's transformational agenda for the Lower Eastern region.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta during the launch of the Yatta Canal in 2017.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta during the launch of the Yatta Canal in 2017.
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    “I am glad that our investment in the rehabilitation of this canal is positively directly impacting on the lives of residents and attracting investors who are creating jobs for the youth,” said President Uhuru when he addressed residents at Matuu in Machakos County after commissioning the water canal.

    He added that the completion of the water canal’s rehabilitation works had increased acreage under irrigation from 6,000 to 25,000 acres.

    Yatta Canal during it's construction.
    Reconstruction works in progress at the Yatta Canal in Yatta Constituency in 2016.
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    Other water projects that have been undertaken in the county include the Katheka kwa Kituku dam (KSh 13.7M), Kwa Mwangi Kangonde water pan (KSh 14.4M), Kwa Katiwa dam (KSh 13.6M).

    Urban Development Projects

    Under the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Improvement Project (NAMSIP), Machakos saw the improvement of Commuter Rail Station at the Athi River Station in Mavoko at a cost of KSh 434.4 Million.

    Athi River Station in Machakos County
    Athi River Station in Machakos County

    The government has also spent Ksh 571 Million for the installation of physical infrastructure in informal settlements in Machakos County (KISIP).

    Also completed is the construction of housing units for the National Police Service at Kamulu Police Station in Mavoko at a cost of Ksh 175.1 Million.

    The government also spent Ksh 376.8M for the construction of Stormwater drainage in Machakos Town.

    Roads

    Among the road projects completed, the most significant project is the construction of the 75Km Tala, Kagundo, Koma road at a cost of Ksh 4.4 Billion.

    The government also allocated Ksh1.3 Billion for the completion of Mathatani-Kaloleni-Kaseve Road.

    An overview of the Kaseve Road in Machakos
    An overview of the Kaseve Road in Machakos
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    Also completed is the upgrading to Bitumen Standards of Machakos TTC in Machakos County (1.1Km ) KSh 93.1M as well as upgrading of Syokimau-Katani, Phase II. (3.5Km) at a cost of KSh 425.1 Million.

    Education Projects

    The government allocated Machakos county Ksh1.6 billion in a capitation grant for free day secondary education    

    Also undertaken is the school meals program where lunch meals are provided for 85,901 pupils in 256 schools at KSh 284.6 Million.

    Machakos School in Machakos County.
    Machakos School in Machakos County.
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    Machakos Level 5 Hospital

    The Machakos Level 5 Hospital got an equipment upgrade through the county and national government.

    The hospital got an equipment upgrade in the maternity and labour wards to international standards with hot water, a modernised outpatient department, MRI Centre, a helipad for emergency cases, equipped theatres (Main and Minor), an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a renal dialysis centre and digital X-Ray machines.

    The breast cancer screening, mammogram machine, a telemedicine centre, 40 wireless CCTV cameras and control centre as well as walkways and comprehensive, modern lighting system. 

    Machakos Level 5 Hospital
    Machakos Level 5 Hospital
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    Inside Machakos Hospital
    Inside Machakos Hospital