Kilifi south Member of Parliament Ken Chonga has affirmed that the construction of Chengoni Bridge and Muho Mkulu drift will commence soon.
Speaking on Friday at Tunzanani primary after gracing the handing over of two ECD classrooms constructed by the Mtepeni ward development fund, Chonga said a contractor for the Chengoni Bridge has already been identified.
“The project will start soon. I was at the KERRA offices on Wednesday and Thursday and I was to be there today but I could not make it. What is remaining is for KERRA to issue the award letter. I am following closely to establish why this process has taken so long. Money is there and this project will kick off any time from now,” said Chonga
He said the bridge has greatly affected the movement of agricultural products from the farms to the market in Mtwapa and Mombasa.
“Our farmers incur a lot of expenses by using long routes to take their products to Mtwapa. If the bridge is repaired then this area will have been opened up for trading,” he added
Muho Mkulu drift
On the Muho Mkulu Bridge, Chonga said he was given the green light by the ministry to work with the KERRA regional director to construct the drift.
The MP said funds for the construction had been set aside five years ago but the leadership then did not follow up on the matter.
“This was done deliberately. There are several correspondences that showed how the whole matter was bungled. I had to petition the Cabinet secretary to the parliament so that he could tell the house what happened to the money. They agreed to retender the project and before the end of this year we should have the drift ready,” he said
Mtepeni ward MCA Victor Mwaganda accused witch doctors who he claimed use the river for rituals.
He suggested that prayers be organized by the riverside to revoke any evil spirits that may hinder the construction of the bridge.
“That river is being used by witch doctors for various rituals. These medicine men do not want a drift constructed there as it will interfere with their rituals. We will invite churches to converge there and conduct their services at the area where the drift is to be put up. We will not bow to evil spirits,” said Mwaganda.