Roads, Transport And 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.
Some of the milestones achieved include but not limited to the following:
- Bitumen Roads Mandera Town roads- 24Km).
- Construction of Concrete Bridge in Mandera Town.
- Construction of box culverts in various parts of the county including Khalalio road, Lag- warera, Road 2 and in Busley area.
- All weather Murram roads -1,500kms
- Drifts – Construction of more than 70 drifts across seasonal streams.
- Over 600km of new unclassified roads have been successfully bush cleared and opened.
- Mandera south sub-county and takaba Airstrips built to gravel standards and fully operational.
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
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.
- County Rest House.
- Deputy Governor’s Residence.
A small highlight of Other Flagship projects the department has supervised and concluded include;
- 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
A selection of upcoming projects includes;
- Rhamu level IV hospital
- Lafey Level IV hospital Phase 2
- Rhamu Sub county office block
- Mandera County Public Service Board offices.
- Elwak Modern Slaughter House
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
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.
Since then the Ministry of roads, transport and public works has made tremendous gains in the development of public infrastructure sector. These achievements are as followes:
- Completed 24 km Bitumen road (Mandera Town)
- Completed Concrete Bridge and Interchange on A13 Road
- Constructed two box culverts in Busley and on Road 2 Mandera Town
- Constructed 1,400 km of all-weather gravel roads
- Constructed more than 100 drifts across seasonal streams
- Upgraded Mandera South sub-county Airstrip to gravel standards
- Expanded Takaba Airstrip
- Constructed County Headquarters
- Constructed Governor’s Residence and County Rest House
- Opened up more than 700 km of new unclassified roads