Roads, Transport & Public Works
To provide quality road and transportation infrastructure, in order to spur social-economic growth in Mandera County and the region at large.
To facilitate the construction, upgrading, rehabilitation and maintenance of the road infrastructure in Mandera County so as to enhance regional connectivity for sustainable social-economic development in line with Kenya vision 2030.
Before the County:
At the start of devolution mandera county government inherited roads which were in poor conditions and in some cases nonexistent. These roads were impassable during rainy season and very bumpy during drier months. The entire county had only the following roads which connected an area of 25,991.5 kilo metre square.
- Bitumen Road-Non-existent.
- Gravel Road- 100 Km.
- Earth Road – 2,083 Km.
After the County
Some of the milestones achieved include but not limited to the following:
- Mitigation of resent flash flood by opening up of blocked drainage structures in Mandera Town
- Bitumen Roads Mandera Town roads- 26Km.
- Construction of Concrete Bridge in Mandera Town-one
- Construction of box culverts in various parts of the county- 10 including Khalalio road, Lagwarera, Road 2 and in Busley area.
- All weather Murram roads -1,707kms
- Drifts- Construction of more than 83 drifts across seasonal streams.
- 700km of new unclassified roads have been successfully bush cleared and opened up.
- Construction of Airstrips -6 (Mandera, Elwak, Takaba, Banisa, Rhamu and Lafey)
Since the inception of devolution, the county has massively invested in roads works and has greatly expanded road networks creating new roads which didn’t exist before devolution. The county also upgraded to bitumen standards and graveled a number of kilometers across the county. Some of the Road works undertaken include the following:
- Takaba-Shimbir Fatuma
- Elwak-Shimbir Fatuma.
- Khalalio- Sala
- Lafey- B9
- Kutayu – Boji Garse
- Takaba- Bolowle
- Domal – Murutho
- Elwak- Kutayu
- Rhamu Dimtu – Ardha Garbicha
- Choroqo- Guba
- Takaba- Gither
- Lagsure Drifts
- Rhamu- Ashabito
- Gari – Waranqara
- Storm Water Protection Works Phase I at Mandera Municipality
- Storm Water Protection Works Phase II at Mandera Municipality
- Storm Water Protection works at Ireskinto
- Construction of Bur John – Malka Mari Road
- Construction of Murutho, – Malka Mari Road
- Construction of Asahbito – Shirshir – Gofa Road
- Construction of Borehole 11, Falama – Elram Road
- kutulo-kutayu road
- Construction of Box culvert/Celled drifts on Khalalio Road at Hareri
- Construction of Dandu – Ires Teno – Gagaba – Sake
- Opening Up Access Roads to KMTC and MTTC Area
- Opening up and light grading of Mandera bypass road
- Construction of Drift on Lagsure at Kiliwehiri
- Marruming of Roads in Takaba town
- Rehabilitation of storm water distructions and reshedulling in wargadud
- Re-channelling of Lag Warera seasonal River, Gabions in Takaba
- Access Roads for Koromey farms
- Light Grading and Gravelling of Road at Khalafow Village
- Construction of a box culvert at livestock market road
- Construction of Malka Punda Road to Bitumen Standards
Other Development Partners.
The county government has partnered with other governmental and non-governmental body in its quest to achieve quality road infrastructure, in order to spur social-economic growth in Mandera County. Some of these agencies include KeNHA, KURA, KeRRA, KUSP, the World Bank among others. They have partnered with the county in constructing the following roads:
- 135km of low volume seal road from Rhamu to Elwak (KeNHA)
- 17km tarmac Road within Mandera Town (KURA)
- 70km of low volume seal Roads from Mandera – Fino (KeRRA) currently in progress.
- Storm water protection works phase I and phase II in mandera Municipality (KUSP)
- Construction of Malka Punda Road to Bitumen Standards(KUSP)
- Upcoming Horn of Africa gateway development project-upgrading of Elwak-Rhamu road section (World Bank)
Roads infrastructural development benefits to the livelihood of the residents of mandera county are:
- Improved security.
- Improved accessibility and movement of people, goods and services.
- Reduced travel time.
- Reduced vehicle maintenance cost.
- Enhanced ease of doing business within the county.
- Improved livelihoods of the county residents.
- Unimpeded movement during rainy season across numerous water ways.
- Protection from the hazards of flush floods and soil erosion
To be the leading institution in construction and maintenance of Government buildings and other public works.
To facilitate provision, construction and maintenance of quality Government buildings and other public works for sustainable socio-economic development
As a key operational arm of County Government, the Department’s mandate and functions are as follows:
- Public works policy formulation.
- Public Works Planning.
- Development of Public buildings.
- Maintenance of Public buildings.
- Maintenance of Inventory of Government Property.
- Provision of Building Services.
- Avail designs for building within One (1) month from the date of receipt of request.
- Submit Bills of Quantities for approval within One (1) month from the date of approval of designs.
- Prepare interim payment certificate to building constructors within four (4) weeks of the application.
- Issue final accounts on contracts within three (3) months from completion of works.
- Respond to emergencies immediately.
- Other public works function:
- Improve communication in human settlements through construction of footbridges.
- Provide necessary technical advice on rehabilitation and maintenance of seawalls and jetties.
- Involvement in planning for Public functions.
- County Government Departments / National Ministries,
- Public Institutions,
- Public Parastatals
Public works department is a service department that acts as project manager which designs, prepares bills of quantities, and supervises all government buildings. In most cases the projects being supervised belong to other ministries. That notwithstanding, the department also has its own projects which it supervises. The department’s projects are termed as the County’s Flagship Projects and include the following;
- The County Headquarters.
- Governor’s residence.
- Deputy Governor’s Residence.
A small highlight of Other Flagship projects the department has supervised and concluded include;
- County rest house
- Mandera Moi Stadium
- Elwak Regional SME Market
- MCRH Accident and Emergency Centre
- Elwak Accident and emergency center
- Fire station.
- Modern Slaughter House
- Mandera Municipality Modern Office Block
- MANDWASCO Modern Office Block
- Takaba Airstrip
- Takaba Maternity.
- Dandu Theatre
- Mandera Comprehensive New born unit
- Elwak Comprehensive New born unit
- Borehole 11 Hospital
- Lafey Level IV Hospital-Phase 1
- Banisa Level IV Hospital
- Harshilmi Model School
- Kutulo Level IV Hospital
- Mandera North IDP Housing units
- Mandera Rehabilitation Centre
- Kamor Health Centre
- Vulnerable persons Housing Units in various Sub Counties.
- Some of the ongoing projects the department is supervising include but not limited to;
- Regional Livestock Market
- Kenya Medical Training College.
- Mandera Teachers Training College
- Gither Market
- Harshilmi Hospital
- Harer Hosle Maternity
- Dispensaries across various sub counties
The Ministry of Roads, Transport and Public Works is headed by a County Executive Committee Member. The ministry comprises the Department of Roads and Transport, and the Department of Public Works, both headed by chief officers. The Department of Roads and Transport carries out implementation of roads infrastructure projects, while the department of public works is concerned with implementation of county building projects.
- To facilitate the construction, upgrading, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the road infrastructure in Mandera County to enhance regional connectivity;
- To facilitate the designing, supervision and management of the county building projects to enhance sustainable socio-economic development in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030.
The following critical strategies are pursued by the Mandera County Government through the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Public Works:
- Build capacity of infrastructure, personnel and equipment and facilitate Public Private Partnership to drive the development agenda;
- Citizen participation in the planning and execution of projects and programs
- Civic education on County Government projects;
- Attract, hire, develop and retain an effective, diverse, professional, dedicated and responsive team of employees;
- Empower employees at every level to provide county services with maximum effectiveness and efficiency;
- Develop employees to become leaders who promote ethics, innovation, service, accountability and peak performance;
- Implement policies and construction of Government buildings;
- Award and supervise construction works for Government buildings;
- Implement policies and guidelines in the maintenance and rehabilitation of Government buildings;
- Implement policies and guidelines in the provision of mechanical and electrical building services for Government buildings in the County;
- Maintain and update an inventory of County Government properties;
- Implement policies and guidelines in the provision of construction and maintenance of other public works in the county;
- Material testing and advice on usage.
To provide quality roads, transport infrastructure and public works to spur socio-economic growth in Mandera County and the region at large.
Our Mission is to facilitate the construction, upgrading, rehabilitation and maintenance of the roads infrastructure and supervision of Government buildings in Mandera County to enhance regional connectivity for sustainable socio-economic development in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030.
- Transparency and accountability
- Professionalism and integrity
- Excellence in service delivery
- Participatory leadership
- Collaboration and teamwork
- Implementation of county and national government policies and guidelines in the provision of mechanical and electrical building services for government buildings in the county
- Implementation of policies and guidelines in the provision of construction and maintenance of other public works in the county
- Implementation of policies on road works, quality standards, materials, mechanical and transport services for county roads
- Undertaking performance and technical audits on road construction and maintenance for county roads
- Implementation of findings on material research and testing to ensure compliance both for Government and Private sector construction and industry on county road works.
- Provision of equipment for the development and maintenance of infrastructure technical consultancy and other mechanical services to the public and private sectors
- Preparation and production of Designs, BQs and drawings of county Government projects.
- Supervision of the construction of all government buildings, roads and other related infrastructure, electrical and mechanical works.
- In charge of the county transport system and fleet management.
- Licensing of motor vehicles
- Provision and management of bus terminus within urban areas
- Design and construction of new roads within the county
- Maintenance of both rural and urban roads within the county
- Valuation of vehicles, plant and equipment for the following purposes
- Determine resale value for disposal, Security in courts of law, Insurance Loans for public servants desiring to purchase used vehicles.
- Suitability/occupational testing of drivers and plant operators for employment & promotion in the public sector