This is according to Kuria East MP Hon.Marwa Kitayama Maiso who said that the airstrip had been allocated Ksh.100 Million by the government which ought to have been released in three years phases ending this year saying the allocation might be returned to the treasury as non-utilized budget in case the money will not be spent as was budgeted.
The legislator who is serving his second term as an MP said the money which was budgeted for before he joined the legislative house ten years ago expressed fear that the money which should be released by the government in three installments each may be returned to the treasury unless immediate intervention is taken.
Hon.Kitayama who was speaking to press in Ntimaru claimed that he had raised the issue before the parliament and they are waiting for the response from the cabinet secretary in charge of Transport urging the elected leaders from Migori County to follow up the allocation before the time frame expires.
The legislator said the Ksh.100 Million allocation can expand the airstrip which currently cannot accommodate aircraft because of poor condition of the 2 kilometer runway despite being vast compared to other airstrips in South Nyanza region.
However while speaking to Dala FM, Migori county minister for transport Mr.Moses Chamwada has challenged the legislators from Migori County to push the ministry of transport to put into use the Ksh.100 Million allocated for upgrading Lichota airstrip adding that the project is being implemented by the national government hence it’s only the elected leaders to follow the allocation.
Kenya Aviation Authority communication director Ms.Angela Tilitei while reacting over the matter said the authority will advertise for the tendering process of the Ksh.100 Million project which is going to be used in fencing and upgrading the runway at the Lichota airstrip.