Saturday, 27 February 2016 11:16 Super User Published in Migori County Government Departments

Construction of new roads and maintenance of old roads. Decongestion and expansion of Migori town. Encouraging an 18 hour economy for the informal sector by lighting strategic trading locations/ sites across the county


  1.  County Public Works and Services 
  2. County transport, including 

  • County roads; 
  • Street lighting; 
  • Traffic and parking; 

  1. Public road transport; and ferries and harbours, excluding the regulation of international and national shipping and matters related thereto. 
  2. Electricity, gas-reticulation and energy regulation

Performance Overview of the Sector

 Since the implementation of devolution is a pertinent cornerstone theme in our nation’s Second Medium-Term Plan we aim to engage all the necessary ingredients of this important governance system in order to drastically improve the lives of our Migori County citizenry. One of these extremely valuable ingredients is the Transport and Infrastructure sector which we have primed as a priority objective in our collective effort.

 We have set and achieved many useful milestones in this sector including the building of the very first bitumen-standard road within Migori town, apart from the international A1 road that traverses the county and joins Kenya to Tanzania via Isebania town. This Posta-to-Ombo Ring road is about 4.2 Km and has improved access to several government offices, Red Cross office, BAT premises, Ombo hospital as well as other facilities within Migori town. Also in this sector we have recently launched the construction of a long Bypass bridge to increase accessibility over Migori River at Kiringi point. The bridge will be sixty meters (60m) long upon completion. More of such groundbreaking development projects are lined up for this financial year and even beyond both within this Second Midterm plan and for the rest of the period that the various sectoral plans will be in force. 

 To facilitate this process of implementing aggressive construction projects we have factored in a procurement plan for enough machines to facilitate the same. In this regard we have since purchased four (4) state-of-the-art construction equipment that is currently deployed in active duty all over the county.

 In further adoption of the goals of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as expanded by the current SDGs in Migori County we are currently nurturing entrepreneurship and business-continuity by providing cheap electricity to both official and informal businesses using renewable energy systems like Solar-PV technology and other similar investments. Solar Street-lighting and floodlights are already installed in various towns, markets and trading centres thereby increasing business hours beyond the traditional daylight period and decreasing the ignoble spectre of insecurity. By now we have already installed over four-hundred and sixty Solar-PV streetlights in various towns and trading centres. 

 In future more investments will include other cheaper and adequate forms of renewable energy as well as subsidised training of SME sector operatives on alternative sources of energy and how to obtain capital to benefit from the global carbon trade that is currently of very high premium to the global south. 

 To further enhance efficiency and competitiveness of our economy, Migori County Government will devote more investment to infrastructure and other such sub-sectors key sectors of the economy that will drive growth particularly through public private partnerships arrangements.















Outcomes/Expected Impact of the above Projects 

  •  Improved accessibility to market centres which has resulted into fresh farm produce reaching markets in time -Improved accessibility to agricultural centres/farms – for delivery of farm inputs for improved production.
  •  -Ease of access to Public Schools – for distribution of exams, learning materials and construction materials. 
  • Ease of access to Hospitals – by ambulances for emergency works, delivery of drugs and easy referrals. 
  • Reduced vehicle operation costs Foot bridges have shortened the distance between Sub-Counties e.g. Ombo-Migori Primary 
  • footbridge has shortened the distance which was initially 5 km to only 500m. They have also secured lives especially at crossings and crocodile infested areas.

Policies Formulated For Effective Service Delivery

  •  Transport Policy 
  • Parking Policy – for organization and decongestion of urban centres 
  • Road Network Upgrading Policy – to assist in transiting from earth to bituminous standards and have a coordinated way of developing road network 

Bills and Acts Enacted For Effective Service Delivery 

  • Bill on the road sub-sector development and improvement 
  • Parking Bill 
  • Transport Bill

Flagship Projects

  •  Upgrading to Bitumen Standard of Ombo-Posta ring roads – Migori Town for access to government institutions, hospitals, County Offices, Schools, stadium and residential areas 
  • Construction of Eastern By-pass Bridge for Migori Town with a major bridge at Kiringi to decongest Migori town which currently has one main bridge and road connecting two Sub-Counties 
  • Purchase of roadworks equipment ( Excavator and Roller)

 Public Awareness and Participation 

  •  Each ward must be allocated at least one road within a financial year. River crossing structures are allocated as per the need requirement. 
  • Dissemination of information to the public through the department of information and public communication 
  • Public Participation at ward levels in prioritization of the roads project and bridges The Public are consulted during the prioritization process during the budget making process

Sustainability of the Projects 

  • Develop road maintenance Policy to ensure that all roads are motorable 
  • Develop road Private Public Partnership framework i.e. Ken Gen & Sugar Companies to ensure that areas of shared interests are jointly catered for. 
  • Sensitizing the community on good use of roads

Risks and Challenges in the Sector

Below are risks challenging the sector and their mitigation measures;

  •  Encroachment into road reserves – erecting boundary posts and sensitizing the public
  •  Limited resources – developing partnership mechanisms 
  • Unfavourable weather conditions i.e. heavy rains, unstable soils and difficult terrains.

Strategies/Methodologies for Achieving Sectoral Goals 

  • Implementation County Integrated Development Programme (CIDP)
  •  Most projects are designed and upscaled as an improvement of the previous programmes. 
  • Every programme/project has an in-built monitoring and evaluation system. 
  • Training of beneficiaries is part and parcel of the implementation phase. 
  • Setting of sectoral performance indicators 
  • Seeking partnership with private sector and other stakeholders such as KeRRA, KURA, KRB and KeNHA. 
  • Carrying out baseline survey to determine implementation action plans 
  • Signing of performance contract on deliverables within the sector 
  • Regular public participation fora Regular Staff Appraisal

Internal and Audit Control Measures for the Sector 

  • Physical verification done before payments are made. 
  • Carrying out Annual Roads Inventory Condition Survey (ARICS). 
  • Established Monitoring and evaluation unit in the county 
  • Site visits and meetings. 
  • Departmental committee on project implementation. 
  • Project implementation as outlined in the Budget
  •  sectoral performance contracting 
  • Proper filing and storage of documents.

Mid-Term Goals


Road network in the county is made up of 1928 kilometres out of which 25% is gravel and 75% is earth.

The following roads have been earmarked for construction to bitumen- standard:

  •  Isebania – Kehancha – Kegonga – Ntimaru road 
  • Muhuru – Bay - Kehancha 
  • Rapogi – Ogwedhi 
  • Rongo- Riosiri 
  • Toku Bridge and approach roads 
  • Homabay- Ranen road 
  • Uriri-Rapogi-Oria Road 

Energy Access

The county government in partnership with the National government has connected power to145 trading centres, 234 schools and polytechnics and 29 health facilities.

  •  Partnership with private investors to initiate programs aimed at moving the 94% of the county’s households from using kerosene as source of household lighting. 
  • To implement the 3rd and 4th phases of solar street lighting in all the trading centres and towns.