Traveling to Homabay is always fun ruined by long hours on the road with a brief stop-over at Narok, from Nairobi. A journey that ordinarily would take close to nine hours, and snakes through the five counties of Nakuru, Narok, Bomet, Nyamira, and Kisii. That was five years ago.
Today, driving to Nyanza does not take more than seven hours. Thanks to the 2020 commissioned Chepilat – Ikonge – Chabera Road that has shortened the distance to home.
Nairobi travelers going to Nyanza can now drive through Mai Mahiu to Narok – Bomet – Kaplong then take the junction at Chepilat into the new road and enter Homabay county at Chabera, along the Kisumu-Kisii highway.
At the start of his term in 2013, President Uhuru Kenyatta had an ambitious plan to turn around the country’s economy by continuing with his predecessor, President Mwai Kibaki’s legacy on infrastructure, a ceiling he shattered.
Ten years later the country sees the Head of State’s worthy investments, with many roads like the Chepilat-Ikonge-Chabera one found in different parts of the republic.
Nine years after ascending to the presidency, President Kenyatta has built and tarmacked more roads than the first three administrations plus the colonizers did in 123 years and stands chin high with slightly over 12,000 kilometers of roads under his belt – approximately building 1,000 kilometers of new roads each year from 2013.