President Kenyatta opens Sh1 billion Mbita-Rusinga bridge, promises more roads for Nyanza heartland

MBITA, Homabay County, 12 JULY 2017, (PSCU) — President  Uhuru Kenyatta today commissioned a bridge connecting Mbita town to Rusinga Island constructed at a cost of Sh1 billion.

President Kenyatta said the construction of the bridge proves that the Jubilee Government cares about the interest of the people of Nyanza contrary to claims from the opposition.

At the same time, the President promised that the Government will construct more roads in Home Bay County including the Rusinga Island ring road and Mfangano road.

The bridge replaces a causeway built in 1983 that blocked the flow of water thereby reducing the fish population.

Addressing rallies in Rusinga and Mbita, President Kenyatta, who was accompanied by his deputy William Ruto, said the new bridge will ease transport in the area besides improving the availability of fish.

He said the new bridge will also contribute to the reduction of the water hyacinth since it will not block the flow of water.

“You should know that we want development in every part of Kenya,” said the President.

He also announced that once the Standard Gauge Railway reaches Nyanza, the government will establish a dry port in the region that will create more jobs for the youth.

The President urged residents to support the re-election of the Jubilee Government because it cares about the interests of all Kenyans.

“We are seeking votes from all Kenyans on the platform of unity and development,” said the President.

He said the Jubilee Government has expanded access to electricity and will continue with the efforts to ensure every Kenyan who needs the service is able to get it easily.

The President also reassured residents that the government is resolving any disputes that existed over Migingo island.

Responding to residents, President Kenyatta said there are teams on the ground demarcating the borders in the area.

The President however asked residents to be respectful to their Ugandan neighbors even as the issue is resolved.

“Even if you know that Migingo is Kenya, you should respect our neighbors and you do not have to insult anyone,” said the President as he addressed residents of Mbita.

Deputy President Ruto said the Jubilee Government has delivered on its promise to improve infrastructure, to upgrade hospitals, reform education, expand access to electricity and much  more.

The President and his entourage were scheduled to visit Ahero and Kisumu later in the day.
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