- State House
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, December 23, was filmed driving himself along the Nairobi Expressway as he headed to inspect the ongoing construction of the mega project.
In the video, the president is seen driving a black Range Rover as he led a fleet of cars while several government officials waited for the Head of State to alight from the car.
Contrary to the norm where his aides open the door for him, Uhuru opened his own door as he was saluted by his personal aide.President Uhuru Kenyatta was accompanied by Infrastructure CS James Macharia and NMS DG Mohamed Badi to inspect the Expressway on December 23, 2021.PSCU
The Head of State then proceeded to greet Transport Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia, as they made way to continue with his tour of the 27.1 kilometers highway.
At the function, Uhuru stated that he would also drive on the expressway once it is complete adding that many Kenyans would find ease when accessing the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
“The indicated date of March for completion of this project is going to be met. And I will be very proud to drive all the way from Machakos to Ruroni to launch the road to Mau Summit,” Uhuru stated.
Previously, the president has been spotted driving himself as he inspected the progress of some of the infrastructural projects being undertaken within Nairobi.
On March 16, the Head of State was spotted driving a similar model of Range Rover as he inspected the renovation of the Green Park Terminus that was being undertaken by the Nairobi Metropolitan services.
While presiding over the last guarder of the expressway, Uhuru expressed his satisfaction at the progress of the project asserting that it would be the new superhighway.
Additionally, Uhuru praised China for helping him in implementing his legacy project among other projects that have been undertaken by the Jubilee administration. He defended the partnership stating that both countries were benefiting from the relationship.
“Many people have said that our relationship with China is not beneficial. Our partnership with China is one that is mutually beneficial. It is based on win-win and as Kenya, we are very grateful to the Chinese government.”
On his part, Transport CS stated that the government did not use loans when undertaking the project which is estimated to be 93 percent complete.
"The 27.1 km-long Nairobi Expressway is the first PPP Road Project in Kenya, meaning that it will not be financed through public debt or GOK funds. The entire project is expected to be completed & opened to traffic by April 2022," Macharia stated.
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