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Kenya: Ruto engages with France on key road project after hitting pause

By Victor Abuso

Posted on January 17, 2023 13:59

 © Future image of Nairobi-Mau Summit highway (photo: twitter0
Future image of Nairobi-Mau Summit highway (photo: twitter0

The €1.6bn ($1.73bn) deal signed between Nairobi and Paris in 2019 to finance and operate the Nairobi-Mau Summit highway may be back on track. President William Ruto had put the project on hold after he came to power in September, but has initiated fresh talks. Kenya will now engage France for further discussion over the key road that will connect the East African country to its neighbours.

The road plan, which is said to be the most expensive infrastructure project in Kenya, was initiated under the administration of former president Uhuru Kenyatta.

According to the French Ambassador to Kenya, Arnaud Suquet, construction firms are ready and waiting for the go-ahead to proceed with the project.

“This remains a priority project when it comes to the relationship between the two countries,” he said during a meeting with Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Monday.