Deputy President (DP) William Ruto on Friday commissioned the construction of a Sh2.3 billion bridge in Kilifi County.
The 220 metres bridge will be constructed by a Chinese firm; China Railway 10. The DP said it will ease transport within Magarini and Malindi.
“Today we are launching this bridge and one of our commitment we made to the people of Kilifi. We no longer talk but act on our promises. This Baricho Bridge will be a game-changer in terms of economic empowerment of the people, ” the DP said.
Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa welcomed the construction and said it will improve the lives of the people.
” I want to say a big thank you to the government in the realisation of this dream. Go and tell the President that we are happy with this project. It will sustain economic livelihoods of the people, ” said Ms Jumwa.
Her Magarini counterpart Michael Kingi said they are working with the government to spur development in the region.
“I know one of your slogan was Kusema na Kutenda and you are now doing exactly that. We shall work together on this as it is going to benefit our people, ” said Mr Kingi.
The DP was accompanied by several Coast leaders among them Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani, Kilifi North MP Owen Baya, Taita Woman Rep Lydia Haina, her Kilifi counterpart Getrude Mbeyu and Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori among others.
The DP is in a five-day visit to the Coast to initiate development projects. He started by visiting Tana River County and will tour Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale and Taita Taveta counties.