The Kenya Roads Board (KRB) disbursed Sh11.8 billion more from the fuel levy fund for road maintenance in the second half of 2017/2018 financial year compared to the same period a year earlier, official figures have revealed.
Performance figures approved by the agency which coordinates development, rehabilitation and maintenance of roads show that funds for road maintenance increased by 30 per cent to 51.2 billion in the July-December 2017 period compared to a year earlier.
The board usually disburses the funds which are made up of a fuel levy on petroleum products and transit toll collections to various agencies including the Kenya National Highway Authority (KenHa), the Kenya Urbans Roads Authority (Kura), the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (Kerra) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) for construction and maintenance of roads.
“Kenya Roads Board disbursed Sh51.2 billion from the fuel levy fund for the six months (July to December, 2017). This is a 30 per cent increase compared to the same period in the financial year 2016/2017,” Jacob Ruwa, the board’s executive director said in a recent figures approved by the board.