Kericho is the next town to have an airport in Kenya. This is courtesy of an upgrade of Karenga Airstrip to an airport by extending its runaway and building a modern terminal.
This was revealed by Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen who inspected the expansion works of the facility on Saturday.
Murkomen said: “The people of Kericho County and it’s environs for far too long have yearned for an airport that will facilitate transportation of people and goods from and into the region. Their desire will soon be a reality.”
He says the government’s plan is to encourage private sector investment in improving infrastructure in the country.
“My ministry is implementing the national aviation policy whose objective is to open up nation’s air transport sector and attract more investment hence create jobs and grow the economy,” said Murkomen.
He said the of upgrade of Karenga Airstrip has taken off following donation of the required land by the County Government of Kericho.
“Today I toured Karenga Airstrip in Kericho. Our plan is to extend the runway to two kilometers for maximum utilization of the facility,” said the Transport Cabinet Secretary.
He says the expansion works of the facility to an airport status involves construction of a modern passenger terminal.
During the tour, Murkomen was accompanied by Kericho Governor Erick Mutai, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Aaron Cheruiyot, Kericho Women Rep Beatrice Kemei, Area members of Parliament Nelson Koech and Benjamin Lang’at, MCAs, national and county government officials and other dignitaries.