Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has launched plans to construct an airstrip in Bomet to open up the region.

Speaking on Thursday at a meeting with leaders from the County, Murkomen revealed that his ministry will work closely with the Kenya Airports Authority and the County government of Bomet to ensure the plan comes to fruition.

“We are exploring the possibility of constructing an airstrip in Bomet that will open up the South Rift region and facilitate faster movement of people and goods,” he said.

Further, he noted the poor state of infrastructure in the region where a number of high-priority roads and bridges need government attention to facilitate seamless mobility of buyers and sellers to enhance their trade.

Additionally, he highlighted the dilapidated airstrip in Kapkwen making this development timely for tea factories in the South Rift region that exports tea leaves overseas.

In spite of the challenging economic climate, Murkomen added that his ministry will move quickly to guarantee that all blocked road projects are finished on schedule.

“Despite the financial constraints that we are facing as a country, we are looking at adopting interventions that will allow contractors to return to sites and complete assigned projects within the shortest time possible,” he said.