In a move to ease the flow of traffic jams in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the construction of the 27KM Nairobi expressway.
Kenyans started enjoying the services of the multi-billion road which was opened to the public on a trial basis on Saturday, May 14.
Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, an ardent supporter of Kenya Kwanza coalition presidential flag bearer William Ruto is among those who have used the project touted as the game-changer in reducing traffic congestion.
In a statement posted on Wednesday, June 1, shortly after driving on the Nairobi expressway, the United Democratic Alliance politician thanked the President for coming up with the project.
Khalwale who is eying to recapture his senatorial seat in the August 9, General Election said it took him less than ten minutes to drive from Mlolongo to Westland’s a distance that initially took several hours.
“Today, making my maiden drive on the Nairobi expressway, I am proud to be a Kenyan. Mlolongo to Westlands in 9 minutes! What an experience!
I congratulate President Uhuru. The Engineers, however, made a monumental mistake of delinking the CBD from this game-changer,” Khalwale said in a Tweet.
The Nairobi Expressway stretches from Mlolongo in Machakos County through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to the city’s Westlands suburb.
It comes with the promise of reducing traffic snarl-ups in one of the world’s congested cities.
The construction of the expressway began in mid-2020 as a partnership between the government through the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) and China Roads and Bridge Corporation (CRBC).
The expressway is expected to serve at least 25,000 vehicles per day.