Top 10 counties with the best access to paved roads were allocated 60 per cent of the road budget, while those in the bottom 10 had only 13 per cent, a report by the International Budget Partnership has shown.

This, the non-governmental organisation said, showed the unfair distribution of paved roads in a study that uses paved roads per square kilometre of land area, to measure access of roads.

“People living in Nairobi have the best access to paved roads with 3,309 people per kilometre while the bottom 10 counties have an average of 164,862 people per kilometre of paved road,” the IBPK said in its report.

The top 10 counties, the report said, have a kilometre of paved roads for every 8.3 kilometres square of land.

The bottom ten counties, on the other hand, have a kilometre of road for every 6,813.8 kilometres square against a national average of 146.5 kilometres square.

POOR ACCESS

“Based on this research, counties and regions with better road access (measures by paved roads) received a higher budgetary allocation compared to those with poor access, which does not appear equitable,” says Abraham Rugo, the Country Manager, International Budget Partnership, IBPK.

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