The total cost Kibwezi-Mutomo-Kitui which will be built in three phases is Sh50 billion. And the government has signed a Sh23 billion loan with China Exim Bank for construction of the first phase.
The first phase of road covering 192km will be constructed by the Chinese company Sinohydro.
Financing for the second and third phases 472km stretch road will be signed at a later date.
The second phase will be from Kitui to Kanduya through Mwingi (167km) and phase three will be Kanduya to Usueni (113km).
“The government is committed to ensure that construction of this road is done to transform the counties of Makueni, Kitui, and eventually to link to the Garissa-Moyale corridor in order to exploit the growth and development of Kenya,” Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich said during a signing ceremony
The road was the biggest disappointment for the Kitui people when President Uhuru Kenyatta failed to initiate its construction when he visited the area earlier this year. But the President has now said he will return to Ukambani to commission projects he skipped during his just concluded tour of the opposition stronghold.
According to state house spokesman Manoah Esipisu, the president felt he needed all paper work in place and the constructor on site before he can launch the works since some contractual issues for the road are in their final stages. Expressing their disappointment, the Kitui residents said they had waited for the construction of the road since independence in 1961.
“This road was the subject of our State House visit sometimes back and we are keen to see it launched and constructed. Let it not be a political project that will be abandoned after next elections,” Kitui Senator Mr David Musila said.