In a major boost to its infrastructure development, the County Government of Homa Bay has acquired two powerful pieces of road machinery - a grader and an excavator. The new county-owned assets will allow the Department of Roads, Transport, Public Works and Infrastructure to respond more effectively to emerging road and construction needs.

The procurement of the heavy equipment comes just days after torrential rains caused widespread damage to roads across the county. The new machinery is expected to significantly reduce maintenance costs for repairs on affected routes.

"This is a game-changer for the department and the county. The heavy machines will be a revenue source and help us rapidly address road-related issues," said Bernard Nyobange, Chief Officer for Roads, Transport, Public Works and Infrastructure. 

Eng. Bernard Nyobange (Center), the Chief Officer for Roads, Transport, Public Works and Infrastructure received the keys to the new excavator from Eng. John Atieli at the county Public Works offices on Tuesday.

Eng. Nyobange stated the acquisitions mark a milestone in Homa Bay's efforts to upgrade its infrastructure. He expressed optimism that this is just a preview of further improvements planned for the 2024/2025 fiscal year.

The new grader and excavator will enable the county to undertake more road construction, maintenance and repair projects internally without relying as heavily on contracted equipment and services. This increased self-sufficiency is anticipated to boost efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

The machinery procurement falls under the county's broader strategy to modernize its transportation network and public works capabilities.

Homa Bay has prioritized infrastructure advancement to spur economic growth, facilitate trade, and improve accessibility across the region.

Residents and businesses have welcomed the county government's investment, citing the dire need for well-maintained roads to support domestic and commercial activities. 

“The new assets are expected to accelerate the completion of ongoing projects while allowing a quicker response to future infrastructure demands,” Nyobange added.