Coastweek-- The Mombasa county government has
been urged to seek technical approach from the central
government as it embarks on the implementation of the ambitious
Mombasa city gate master plan, reports
Transport and Infrastructure Principal
Secretary John Mosonic said it is prudent for the county
government to involve relevant governmental institutions
in the implementation of the ambitious master plan to
avoid duplication of projects and waste of public
The Mombasa government is planning to
develop a railway transport system within the city
centre, build second Nyali Bridge and expand highways
entering the Mombasa city but the government official
calls for a common direction amongst the two arms of
Other components in the 25 year master
plan are development of infrastructure, airport, power,
water supply, sewerage, telecommunication and solid
The government official who was
addressing delegates during the official opening of the
Japan Seminar on Urban transportation at Travellers
Beach Hotel, Club and Spa said the ministry of transport
and infrastructure should be involved in implementing
the multi-million projects.
“The challenge is that you have
developed a good plan but the implementation is the
Coastweek-- Transport and Infrastructure
Principal Secretary John Mosonik [centre],
Mombasa County Secretary Francis Thoya [left] and
the Director of urban transportation planning office
city bureau in Japan Izumi Kawaguchi peruses a document
during the Japan and Kenya seminar on urban
transportation held at Travellers beach Hotel, Club and
PHOTO BY TITUS MUSAU
“We should always be in concurrence,
there are some issues which we need to discuss before the
county begins any implementation,” said Mosonik.
This happens amid concerns that the
ambitious plan would fall within the national governments vision
2030 which both plans provide for the development of a
multi-billion shilling Dongo Kundu, Mombasa port expansion and
proposed railway for commuter trains in Kenya’s largest city.
When the two arms of government adopts
the master plan it will received development assistance inform
of grant from the government of Japan through its agency, Japan
International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to fund the Mombasa
Gate City Master Plan.
Mombasa county secretary Francis Thoya
said the plan will be successful if all relevant institutions
are brought on board in the implementation.
“More consultations need to be done
before the Urban Transportation is put into consideration,”
The Japanese government delegation led
by JICA senior representative Mr. Satoshi Sugimoto accompanied
by among others Executive Chief Engineer from Nippon Koei
Engineering consultants in Japan Eng. Hideo Tsuji, said the
Japanese government was fully prepared to fund the project once
consultations are complete.
However the government says shortage
of land might pose a major challenge in the implementation.
“This is a good plan, and the
government is ready to finance these projects like it has
been doing before,” said Sugimoto.
County executive in charge of Land and
Planning Antony Njaramba said Mombasa city has been without a
master plan since 1971, leading to rapid growth of slums and
unplanned development but the new plan will guide the
development of economic zones in the entire county.
“The master plan is a guide plan, it’s
a public document that will guide us as we embark on
developing new economic zones as well as developing new
projects,” Njaramba said.
The old document zoned the county into
commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural areas, but
the defunct Mombasa Municipal Council was blamed for failing to
adhere to the plan.
However, as a result the population in
Mombasa has shot up to 1.2 million leading to rapid growth of
slums. The plan is set to last for 50 years.
It is also providing for mini cities
to help decongest the port town of Mombasa.
The previous master plan was developed
in 1976 by McLoffin Company of Britainto cater for a population
of 300,000 and was to last 30 years until 2006.