There is this video that has gone viral, where a student at the Mpesa Academy asks President Uhuru Kenyatta what he thinks his legacy will be. Almost dazed by the weight of the question, the President pauses, and in a pensive rejoinder, he responds, “wow!”
While many would have thought that his response was to the girl’s eloquence. Social Media had it that he actually does not know what his legacy will be. However, I tend to think that as he responded, he was doing a mental sum of all the different infrastructure projects that have been inaugurated under his reign.
I am not a Jubilee apologist as I write this, I have many reservations about the current government. That notwithstanding, we have to give Caesar his due since the Uhuruto government has gone beyond its mandate to deliver to Kenyans mega infrastructure projects that have the bearing of turning around the country’s economic fortunes.
- Mombasa port upgrade
The Mombasa Port, built in 1895, has grown to be the main trade gateway for the Eastern Africa region, serving Kenya and seven neighbours, including Uganda, Somalia, Rwanda and South Sudan.
At a cost of over 20 billion, this project will see the Mombasa port upgrade four berths to handle goods not packed in containers. The investment is driven by a growing demand for imported cargo in the region, where most economies are growing by at least 5%.
- Nairobi Railway City
This ambitious venture was introduced way back in 2010. At a cost of 28 billion, this project involves the construction of a 425-acre multi-modal urban development on the area between Haile Sellasie Avenue, Uhuru Highway and Bunyala Road – comprising transit stations, residential and commercial buildings among other features. The Nairobi Railway City has an implementation timeline of 20 years at a cost of Sh27.91 billion with phase one scheduled to happen between 2020 and 2030. The plan includes the building of a new railway station that integrates with the Nairobi Bus Rapid Transit scheme and other public transport modes.
- Northern Collector Tunnel
Work on this tunnel started way back in 2015 and is expected to be completed in March 2015. This tunnel which is in Murang’a is designed to improve the water levels in Ndakaini dam and also increasing Nairobi’s water supply by over 140 million litters daily. At a cost of 6.8 billion, it will be Kenya’s longest water gathering passageway.
- Nairobi-Mau Summit Highway
The construction of this mega project is expected to start in January 2020 together with the JKIA Westlands Expressway. Both projects are expected to go on simultaneously at a combined cost of 242 billion.
This project which is complete and has already been commissioned by the President has not been getting the publicity it deserves. Located in Loiyangalani District, Marsabit County, it comprises of 365 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 850kW, which translates to a contribution of 300 MW to the national grid.
This project has not only positioned Kenya as a lender of green energy in Africa, also it will go a long way in spurring the government’s industrialization tenet, of the Big 4 Agenda.
These projects will not only spur economic growth, they will also lead to the appreciation of the cost of land not only in areas in close proximity to the projects but also in periphery areas. Nanyuki is one of the areas set to benefit most, from these projects.
There are many factors that point to this but here’s just a small example. Since most of these projects touch on Nairobi, the cost of acquiring land in Nairobi will skyrocket, not to mention that it is already far beyond reach for most Kenyans. As a result of this, the only other logical place with amenities close to Nairobi is Nanyuki. As a result of improved accessibility, ranging from the International Airport in Isiolo, the dualing of the Kenol – Isiolo highway, Nanyuki will be the best bet for homeowners. This means that any sensible investor should rush to acquire a parcel of land in Nanyuki, as early as yesterday, inorder to beat market forces and get a good deal on investment.