Vandals invade Dongo Kundu bypass


A section of the First Phase of Dongo Kundu Bypass in Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Electric cable vandals have invaded the newly opened Dongo Kundu bypass, leading to recurrent repairs.

The vandals have led to destruction of side drains and pavements on the road constructed with the aim of decongesting the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia told Parliament the invasion of vandals has necessitated reconstruction of side trains and slope protection works.

“The recurrent repairs on the road are as a result of destruction of side drains and pavements by vandals digging for electric cables,” he said.

Construction of the Dongo Kundu bypass started in July 2016 and was completed and opened to motorists in May 2018.

The Senate has questioned the numerous repair works on the project — referred to as the Mombasa Port Area Road Development (MPARD) project in official documents — barely one and a half years after it was opened to motorists.

Aside from easing transport within Mombasa County, the project is targeted at boosting industrial development and reducing the cost of transportation.