NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will develop a policy to introduce toll
roads with private sector participation, an official said
The director of the Kenya National Highway
Authority, Peter Mundinia, told Xinhua that relevant
stakeholders will soon meet to develop the policy.
"The policy will then be forwarded to cabinet for approval
and thereafter endorsed by parliament," Mundinia said.
He said that the government is planning to introduce user
fees on some of the high-traffic highways.
"Public resources are not adequate to maintain the roads in
good condition and so we plan to introduce fees," he said.
According to him, under the new policy, firms from the
private sector will build and operate roads for 25 years and
then hand them over to the government after recouping their
Six road projects have already been chosen to be the first
toll roads, including the 487 km Nairobi-Mombasa highway and the
160 km Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
Next month, the roads agency will hold a meeting with
"The private sector is expected to inject 700 million U.S.
dollars for the Nairobi-Nakuru road project and recoup
investment by charging roads users," he said.
According to the official, the first toll roads in Kenya will
be operational in the next five years.
He also said the Nairobi-Mombasa road will be divided into
three parts to make it easier for private investors to undertake