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In Kenya, MPs call for urgent reconstruction of some 2,000 schools, roads and bridges badly damaged by recent floods

  • May 9, 2024
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MPs call for government action to rebuild flood-damaged schools, roads and bridges

Following the devastation caused by flooding across the country, MPs are urging the Government to prioritize rebuilding schools, roads and bridges before the start of the second term. With torrential rains causing devastation, at least 1,967 schools were severely affected, leading to the destruction of classrooms, dormitories, halls and crucial infrastructure. Families displaced by flooding have found shelter in schools, exacerbating strain on already limited facilities.

Kabuchai MP Majimbo Kalasinga has stressed the urgency of providing emergency grants to help constituencies repair damaged schools. He particularly highlighted the importance of rebuilding toilets, essential to the well-being of learners, and called for immediate action to rebuild bridges to ensure the safety of students, especially day students.

President Ruto, recognizing the seriousness of the situation, directed the Ministry of Education to collaborate with the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) to fund the repair and rehabilitation of damaged school infrastructure. However, MPs highlighted the constraints faced in spending funds outside of the current year’s budget, emphasizing the need for flexibility to meet these urgent needs.

Dagoretti North MP Beatrice Elachi echoed the call for help to purchase school supplies to prevent dropout rates due to loss of learning materials, stressing the need to address the sewage problems in schools. Malava MP Malulu Injendi stressed the need for immediate intervention to assess the extent of the damage and begin reconstruction efforts. Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has reaffirmed his commitment to rebuilding bridges washed away by floods, ensuring uninterrupted access to education for children.