Migori County risks losing Ksh.100M allocated for airstrip – MP

Migori County risks losing Ksh.100M allocated for airstrip - MP
File image of airstrip. PHOTO| COURTESY

Migori County risks losing Ksh.100 million set a side by the national government for the upgrading of Lichota airstrip, Kuria East Member of Parliament has warned.

According to the MP, the funds allocated for Lichota airstrip ought to have been released in a phased period of three years ending this year.

He said the allocation, which was supposed to be released in three installments, will go back to the National Treasury as non-utilised budget in case the money will not be spent as was budgeted.

The legislator, who joined parliament in 2017, said the money was budgeted for before he was elected, adding that immediate intervention ought to be taken before the time frame expires..

Mr. Kitayama said he had raised the issue in Parliament, further stating that they are waiting for a response from the Transport Cabinet Secretary.

The legislator said the Ksh.100 million allocation can expand the airstrip, which currently cannot accommodate aircraft due to the poor state of the 2 kilometre runway.

Speaking to Radio Ramogi, Migori County CEC in charge of Transport Moses Chamwada, challenged the legislators from Migori County to push the Ministry of Transport to put into use the Ksh.100 million allocated for upgrading Lichota airstrip.

He said the project is being implemented by the national government hence its only the elected leaders who can follow up the allocation.

Kenya Aviation Authority Communication Director Angela Tilitei said the authority will advertise for the tendering process of the Ksh.100 million project.

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