Kenyan Area-Governor Martin Wambora has announced plans to construct a major international airport in Embu County, which is in the Eastern part of the country at a cost of US$99 Million.
Governor Wambora stated that Embu County is in talks with the National Government as well as other partners to ensure the airport project is started as soon as possible while he is still in office. He added that an airport in Embu County would be an expansion of the current airstrip at Don Bosco, which will transform to meet international standards.
Embu Airstrip is approximately 10 minutes down the Embu-Kiritiri Highway from Embu main commercial market.
A group of foreign investors have agreed to pump in more funds to see the project starts quickly. Governor Wambora said “If we construct the Airport we will be sure to get more revenues as the county, improve the business situation in the county. When questioned if the money was available, Governor Wambora said “The money will be found!” and “Once we finish on getting funds we will consult good Consultants to ensure that we get a Contractor who will carry out the projects well.”
The Ministry of Transport has already drawn up plans to extended the airstrip from the current 1.5 kilometres to four kilometres. The completed airport would have terminal buildings, warehouses, hangars, aprons and a free-trade zone.
Governor Wambora also said “We want to transform the Countries transport sector and the construction of the Airport will see us get to the level that we all want to see the county be at.” The Governor added that construction is expected to kick off in 2017.