President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday commissioned the Likoni Floating Bridge in Liwatoni, Mombasa County.
The 1.2 kilometre sea link, the first of its kind in East Africa, will be used by pedestrians and will ease congestion at the Likoni Ferry.
The bridge links Liwatoni on Mombasa island with Ras Bofu in Likoni mainland. The bridge will be opened to the public in January 1st 2021.
The facility will free up the ferry crossing which has been in service since 1937, to cater for vehicular and cargo traffic across the Kilindini Channel without disrupting shipping services.
“We have agreed with the contractor that from the 1st of January (2021), the bridge will be ready for public use to cross to and from the island and enable you get to your jobs and homes with ease instead of relying on the Likoni ferry,” Uhuru said.
At the same time, the President cautioned Kenyans against insincere politicians who continue to mislead and needlessly incite the public on the operations of Mombasa Port and the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
Uhuru said that the modern railway service and expansion of the seaport had created more business for ancillary service providers such as cargo truckers who evacuate over 70 percent of the port’s output which had grown significantly in recent years.
“When we started expanding the port, there were close to 20 million containers that had piled up. Expansion of the port has increased the number of containers and all these cannot be transported using the SGR. Trucks are also transporting their cargo everyday.
“Lets not be people who are inciting Kenyans for selfish political motives,” President Uhuru cautioned.