Franklin Bett Minister of roads, announces the Greater Southern Bypass


There are some who think we are making a mountain out of a molehill regarding the proposed Greater Southern Bypass – I mean, it seems ludicrous that such a proposal to build a super highway across a critical conservation area could have been suggested let alone approved .

Well, here it is from the horses mouth – Franklin Bett is the Kenyan Minister of Roads

The Proposed Greater Southern Bypass runs right through the wildlife dispersal area

According to the minister, the Chinese will also finance the construction of the Great Southern by-pass linking Mombasa highway with Nairobi- Narok- Bomet- Kisii highway at Suswa. “The road will be constructed from Lukenya through Kitengela-Ongata Rongai to Ngong where it will branch into two; one heading to Rironi while another runs up to Suswa,” “We have concluded the talks and we will soon be meeting to sign the bilateral agreement to construct the two roads,” he added.

What he should be saying is

“The challenge I have is to develop this great city of Nairobi into a regional hub for Eastern Africa while safeguarding the globally important wildlife asset of Nairobi Park and it’s lifeline, the Kitengela dispersal area.  I promise to ensure that infrastructure development will be carefully planned to take the needs of the wildlife and the people into consideration, to ensure that Nairobi continues to be home to the Worlds Greatest City Game Park”.

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12 responses to “Franklin Bett Minister of roads, announces the Greater Southern Bypass

  1. It is tragic that the same Governmnet of Kenya that is protesting Tanzania building a Highway across the Serengeti, is now proposing to do the same thing by bisecting the Nairobi National Park wildlife dispersal area. This ill-conceived proposal must be stopped, as soon as possible.

  2. Indeed this is unfortunate. I believe the process of planning and design of such a road should have involved a public participatory process. There are examples from around the world where such road projects have been subjected to a consultative process where all stakeholders were given a chance to add their input to the process of planning. Ideally different proposals and alternative designs should be availed and subjected to evaluation on different criteria such as economic, social and environmental. Expert recommendations are also sought from the professional and scientific fields and consensus applied in decision making. As it is now, the general public is caught flat footed and ambushed by such proposals. How do we know that the this plan and design is the most efficient and effective? Has it been subjected to a rigorous Environmental Impact Assessment? and how do they plan to mitigate the negative consequences? I believe the forward is that interested stakeholders should seek avenues to air their views and opinions. I also believe that the Constitution of Kenya 2010 provides for protection of public interest, public participation, access to public information and protection of the environment and natural resources

  3. This is so sad of our nation. Isnt there a standing environmental principal, did anyone consult NEMA, KWS; did they do any EIA?
    Am out of words I live on the Athi-Kapiti and Portland Ranch is such an important wildlife hub for Nairobi National Park and for the A-K area, now its going to be disected.

    What can we do to try and stopthis, is KWS doing anything to try and stop it. Tell me how I can be heard, someone please. Its distressing.

    Michael Mbithi

  4. Dear Mheshimiwa Bett,
    Available research in this area has shown that good roads are the greatest attractions to settlements. It is sad that Plans are hatched from somewhere, donors sought, then the implementation is pushed down on people as if the said projects did not have positive and negative impacts on people (especially the locals), and the environment.
    Most grand plans come with many negative impacts and it’s critical to consult. Where are the NEMA consultation meetings? The Maasai and their livelihoods will be negatively affected by this mega plan. You should consult so as to minimize the negative socio-political, economic and environmental impacts.

  5. Dear Hon. Franklin Bett Minister for roads for the republic of kenya,
    I hope your reading this grivances /opinions from the public, i have read your profile, and considering your long experience in public office i gues you listen to this views and open room for discussion that will lead to an acceptable and inclusive deciosn and ensure a smooth implementation of the project if agreed. Hon. involvement of all stake holders in the process is important and necessary i also request all leagal researches and need assesment by NEMA if any be made public for review and coment by the public and other stakeholders in the project, when thinking about this consider the livelyhood of the Maasai pastoralist of that erea and the enviromental impact taking into accout the Nairobi National park among others.

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  7. ignore the concerns of wildlife auctioneers, human life is more important than wildlife, the maasai ways of livelihood are not threaten, the educated youth are no longer motivated by pastoralism but like other Kenyans want to diversify their ways and means of survival provided by nature and the gains of civilisation in the 21st century .

  8. Hon david ole parseina our life is being threaten by unplan land our livestock are at big risk if we allow the bypass that would be the last Neil on the coffin, pressure from the city is taking our land away can we keep livestock in our houses?,if the so call southern-bypass goes through what do you thing it will happen to pastrolist whom keep livestock and wildlife that use the same land on there seasonal migration?what do you think it will happen to 350 family’s that have given more than 50,000 acres to lease program to support the seasonal migration of wildlife and grazing of livestock,if the bypass goes as being proposed then this will totally block the migration and all this kids that goes to school because of the lease program will go to work as watchmen in kitengela,young people are very much motivated by pastoralism and its only open ecosystem that can support this living asset of the maasai[livestock and culture},to Hon bett please mweshimiwa as pastrolist community that live next to anational park we we kind as you to lessen to as and give as chance to live as pastrolist and as community that support conservation,am inviting you to join the lease program gathering on 1,2,3 sept at lipeto,empuyiankat and empakasi primary school as the community given cheques of more than 4m for keeping there eland open for both livestock and wildlife,we need to work together to implement the kitengela master plan not to comment on issues that destroy our future.

  9. Some leading environmentalists are raising concern for this new Bypass which they claim will destroy the migration of wildebeest and zebra into the Nairobi National Park
    Nairobi Park is a globally recognized model park because of its location in a capital city. It is Kenya’s oldest National Park and is visited by tens of thousands of visitors (both international and local) every year; is a major environmental education resource for Kenya and generates over US $500,000 annually from park fees alone.
    Kajiado county has now become the bedroom/dormitory of Nairobi and hence the urban creep so close to this huge city is inevitable. The traffic jams are so bad now that it is affecting tourist transfers to and from central Nairobi, Wilson airport and JKIA international airport. These new bypasses are essential to get traffic moving again and there is bound to be some effect on this National Park within the city. Some believe the key is to find a balance between the inevitable growth of this burgeoning African capital, and the protection of this unique and valuable park with its wildlife corridors.
    The Solution!
    I suggest that tunnels for the proposed road could be built in places allowing the migration to continue as before. The benefits derived from constructing wildlife crossings to extend wildlife migration corridors over and under major roads, appear to outweigh the costs of construction and maintenance and have been used successfully in other parts of the world. Land that used to be the expansive migratory corridor has since been subdivided into small residential plots leaving only a small track still available. I see the Nairobi National park becoming a big zoo in the long run.

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