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Details of President Uhuru’s first trip out of the Country amid Covid-19 pandemic

President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to travel to Paris, France on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, to sign a public-private partnership (PPP) deal worth Kenya Shillings 180 Billion.

His visit to France comes amid fear of a possible increase in new coronavirus cases reported in France and European countries.

France had recorded slightly over half a million Covid-19 cases and 31, 727 deaths. Her daily record of coronavirus infection cases has increased for the last one week, with hospitals in Paris, planning for a possible influx of COVID-19 patients.

Upon his arrival, President Uhuru will meet with President Emmanuel Macron at his palace in Paris where the two will sign the public-private partnership (PPP) deal worth Ksh 180 billion that will be used to build 190 kilometers stretch dual highway road along the Rironi-Nakuru road.

This comes after the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) awarded the tender to French Firm Meridiam International that won the deal last year,

The project will involve the expansion of the 190 kilometers road into a four-lane dual carriageway from Rironi to Mau Summit and the rehabilitation of the Mai Mahiu-Naivasha Road in Nakuru County.

 “The contractor will be expected to build, maintain, manage and operate the highway and recover his money from motorists in the form of user fees,” KenHA Director-General Peter Mundinia stated.

Transport CS James Macharia had stated that they would have two PPP’s projects in order to ease traffic for motorists plying between Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Westlands, and those who use the Nairobi-Naivasha-Nakuru highway.

“We decided to give priority to two Public-Private Partnership projects,” Macharia stated.

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