According to sources, Chinese companies have scooped more than two thirds of the lucrative tenders for the the fiscal year ending next June. About 78.6 billion shillings ($973.1 million) has been budgeted for spending on road construction during the fiscal year.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga recently challenged local road contractors to improve their standards so as to compete with Chinese firms.
“You have to be competitive vis-a-vis the Chinese in terms of costs, quality and speed,” Raila Odinga told a press meeting called by the Roads Ministry to find ways of increasing the involvement of Kenyan firms in construction projects.
Major projects being carried out by Chinese firms include sections of the highway linking Nairobi to the port of Mombasa, as well as a 12-lane, 40 km motorway between Nairobi and Thika town.