At least 600 kilometres of roads in Nairobi City County will be rehabilitated and upgraded in 2019 in a programme expected to cost over Sh1.2 billion.
The project will be undertaken by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura), which has set aside Sh1.29 billion to upgrade 588.60 kilometres of road in the city and the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (Kerra) which will build 21.2 kilometres at a cost Sh164 million.
This was revealed by the Kenya Roads Board (KRB) in the Annual Public Roads Programme (APRP) for the 2018/2019 financial year.
According to the programme, Kura will be working on roads in the urban centre including the central business district.
Jogoo and Lusaka roads have been allocated Sh10.34 million for upgrade while Landhies Road will get Sh3.8 million for the same purpose.
Another Sh42 million will be used on the northern and eastern bypasses covering about 60 kilometres.
Other roads targeted by Kura are in residential areas and include Spine and Manyanja roads in Kayole, Bogani East, Baba Dogo, Peponi, Josep Kang’ethe, Utawala and Kasarani-Mwiki roads.
In the city centre, at least 18 major roads, 29 streets and five lanes will be upgraded by the urban roads agency. Some of the roads set for upgrade are Dubois, Tsavo, Temple, Haile Selassie, Lagos and Taveta.
Streets earmarked for upgrade include Ronald Ngala, Monrovia, Wabera, Mfangano, Loita and Tom Mboya, while lanes include Kimathi, Luthuli and Fire Station, among others.
On the other hand, Kerra will work on roads across the 17 sub-counties in Nairobi where each has been allocated not less than Sh9.6 million.
Currently, the authority has ongoing work in the capital city including phase one of Nairobi Roads Rapid Decongestion, rehabilitation works in Embakasi East, Westlands and Lang’ata sub-counties, upgrade of roads in Upper Hill and the ongoing construction of missing link roads and non-motorised transport facilities across the five sub-counties of Starehe, Mathare, Westlands, Kamkunji and Mathare.
KRB Executive Director Jacob Ruwa explained that the project will be jointly financed, with the county government expected to cater for 15 percent of the cost of the entire programme.
“The fuel levy fund managed by the Kenya Roads Board is shared with the road agencies where Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) gets 40 per cent, Kenya Rural Roads Authority 21. 8 percent, Kenya Urban Roads Authority 10.2 percent, county governments 15 percent and Kenya Wildlife Service one per cent. KRB retains the remaining 10 percent which it allocates to road agencies on a case-by-case basis and another two per cent for its operations,” said Mr Ruwa.
In May, Governor Mike Sonko said that 58 roads and lanes in the CBD under Kura, totalling to 34.6 kilometres were in bad shape.
Three Chinese firms – China Wu Yi, Sinohydro Corporation and China Roads and Bridges Corporation – were awarded tenders by Kura to build the city roads with most of them being in Eastlands with the national government giving Sh2.6 billion while City Hall gave Sh1.5 billion for the project.
According to Nairobi County Assembly Transport committee, the county has 3, 600 kilometres of roads but only 50 percent have tarmac. Twenty percent are gravelled while the remaining 30 percent are earth roads.
Singer speaks after attacking lover at WCB signee Zuchu’s star-studded concert
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On 18 July, there was fanfare at the Mlimani City Hall in Dar es Salaam as WCB signee Zuchu held a thanksgiving concert months after her debut EP, I Am Zuchu. The event dubbed ‘Ahsante Nashukuru’ mainly featured performances by artistes from the WCB stable and attracted the whos-who in the Tanzanian entertainment and political scenes.
However, singer Gigy Money who also performed made the headlines for the wrong reasons after getting into a scuffle with her lover during the much-publicised concert.
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Peaceful arrival, later chaos
Moments earlier, Gigy and her Nigerian man were seen arriving arm in arm at the event whose highlight featured Zuchu receiving a brand new car from WCB head honcho Diamond Platnumz. Donning matching outfits, the couple was spotted on the red carpet as the paparazzi scrambled to capture the moment. However, all hell breaks loose later and viral videos depict the visibly angered Nigerian arguing with a bouncer at the entrance. After a tense confrontation, Gigy’s man is seen being led by the screaming bouncer towards the exit. Shortly after, a similarly irritated Gigy emerges and follows the pair.
“Gigy! Wewe Gigy wewe!” a woman in the background is heard dissuading the singer from pursuing them but the singer pays no heed and heads for the pair.
“You want to beat me?” the boyfriend is heard asking an approaching Gigy as the bouncer acts as a barrier between them. The bouncer manages to steer the incensed man towards the exit as Gigy follows behind, hurling obscenities.
At some point, a barefoot Gigy turns into a sprint before throwing one of her shoes which hits the man who then responds with an insult. Another bouncer finally intervenes and the two are separated. Gigy then asks for her vehicle so she can head home before warning the press against sharing videos of the incident.
Though the cause of their tiff is still unknown Gigy later made reference to the shocking incident in a social media post, hinting that alcohol had a part to play in the fracas. In another post, Gigy shared a photo alongside her estranged lover writing: “My mad man looked handsome before his demons arose and mine arose too.”
‘Running over Ali Kiba’
Gigy is not new controversy and recently said she’d run over her ex, singer Ali Kiba for breaking her heart.
“I will knock all of them down, I mean I will kill them. In fact, I will flatten them like chapatis. The first person I will knock down and kill is Ali Kiba. Actually, I don’t need a weak car, I need a Fuso so that when I knock him down I will be sure he doesn’t survive,” Gigy told Ayo TV.
Dating Kiba brothers
Gigy had in the past admitted to dating both Ali Kiba and his younger brother, Abdu Kiba. She solely laid the blame on Chekecha singer for pursuing her despite knowing that she’d been with his younger brother. Abdu expressed being heartbroken after learning the two had a fling, prompting him to marry.
“I was very hurt on hearing that Ali was dating Gigy Money because I dated her first before she became famous. But it’s alleged that Ali didn’t know. It hurt me for a while till when I married,” said Abdu.
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Why Jahmby Kokai is happy her TV anchor dream never came true
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Popular media personality Jahmby Koikai narrated how her first attempt at auditioning as a TV host backfired and she was sent home on the first day of the audition. Reliving her prime days, Jahmby narrated how she was determined to follow her dream of becoming a news anchor after completing her degree.
“There was a reality show that was running on one major TV channel here in Kenya, searching for the next top news anchor. I’ve always had the knack for news. At the time, I was working at Metro FM. Walked to my boss and asked him if he was ok with me participating in this competition. He agreed to it.
“Auditions were at Film Studios. The queue stretched all the way to the showground. I was at the back kabisa. Imagine 300 people before you. Then we got the briefing paper and it indicated, ‘no persons with experience in a media house allowed to participate in this audition’. Mimi Jahmby Koikai, nirudi home after watu 300 kukuwa mbele yangu?” she posed.
According to the endometriosis survivor, she went ahead to audition for the position despite the warning and was the first contestant to be sent packing.
“So I stayed in line until I got to the audition room. The judges were a few people I was in campus with. I felt a wave of despair. Like I’m here auditioning, yet my classmates will be judging me? I did my thing and I was considered. We got into the house and we were assigned to different groups. I was the group leader and we won the challenge. Later that evening, we were driven back to Film Studios for a briefing. The presenter of the show said some of us have to go home.
“My name was called out first amongst other great people. We were dropped home. I cried. It felt like I’d lost such a great opportunity. My mom and late grandma were so sad cos they loved to watch me do the news,” she narrated.
Later, Jahmby auditioned for another TV opportunity only to miss out as well.
“Then came another opportunity over 10 years ago, I saw a TV ad and decided to apply for the news anchor position. I didn’t get the job.”
However, due to endometriosis, Jahmby was forced to put her dreams on hold and concentrate on getting better. According to her, it is as though God had better plans for her and is grateful to not have gotten the jobs.
“I battled severe endometriosis in silence for over 19 years. I think of how engaging the newsroom is and I’m grateful I wasn’t in that space. I’d have utilized all my sick-leaves and off-days and just declared redundant.”
There was a reality show that was running on one major TV channel here in Kenya, searching for the next top news anchor. I’ve always had the knack for news. At the time, I was working at Metro Fm. Walked to my boss and asked him if he was ok with me participating in this competition. He agreed to it. Auditions were at Film Studios. The queue stretched all the way to the showground. I was at the back kabisa. Imagine 300 people before you. Then we got the briefing paper and it indicated, ‘no persons with experience in a media house allowed to participate in this audition’. Mimi Jahmby Koikai, nirudi home after watu 300 kukuwa mbele yangu? Nikasema zi. So I stayed in line until I got to the audition room. The judges were a few people I was in campus with. I felt a wave of despair. Like I’m here auditioning, yet my classmates will be judging me? I did my thing and I was considered. We got into the house and we were assigned to different groups. I was the group leader and we won the challenge. Later that evening, we were driven back to Film Studios for a briefing. The presenter of the show said, some of us have to go home. My name was called out first amongst other great people. We were dropped home. I cried. It felt like I’d lost such a great opportunity. My mom and late grandma were so sad cos they loved to watch me do the news. Then came another opportunity over 10years ago, I saw a TV ad and decided to apply for the news anchor position. As you see in this pic, I got my hair done at Ralph’s Hair Salon, new suit etc. I didn’t get the job. After KBC, I never got to anchor the news again. I’m grateful I did not get the job even though I felt dejected at the time. I battled severe Endometriosis in silence for over 19years. I think of how engaging the newsroom is and I’m grateful I wasn’t in that space. I’d have utilised all my sick-leaves and off-days and just declared redundant. There are many people like me who are bound by chronic illness and cannot do the things they love. I share your pain. But there’s hope. I’m grateful to God for His reminder that He will restore to you all the years that the locusts have eaten. Also Jer 29:11