Engineer Silas Kinoti has been appointed the Director-General and Chief Executive Office of Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA).
Kinoti who has acted as DG for over 4 years was appointed by Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS) James Macharia after a rigorous interview process.
Both KURA and KeRRA – Kenya Rural Roads Authority advertised for substantive DG positions two months ago.
Eng Silas Kinoti has been the acting DG at Kura for the last four years, while Mr Luke Kipchumba Kimeli has been the acting director-general at Kerra for the last two years.
Mr Kinoti took over following the exit of acting boss Peter Mundinia to Kenya National Highways Authority (KenHA), where he is the director-general.
Mr Kimeli’s appointment in 2018 followed the nomination of the then director-general John Ogango for the position of ambassador by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kinoti will now serve for a further three years on contract as per the advert posted in April 2020.
There have been integrity issues with all the roads agencies, KeNHA, KURA and KeRRA.
Kinoti has been accused of procurement malpractice, shoddy works by contracted firms, shady contracts and overall mismanagement of KURA.
The Kenya Roads Board last month released maintenance funds to the three road agencies.
In the latest allocations, KeNHA got Sh10.7 billion, Kerra was allocated Sh6.5 billion, while Kura got Sh3 billion.
The agencies are allocated the funds based on the length of roads under their watch after Kenya reclassified its network into national trunk and county roads in 2016 with an expected 240,000 kilometres by 2022.
In the 2020/2021 budget, National Treasury CS Ukur Yatani set aside Sh5 billion for rehabilitation of access roads and bridges across the country.
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