Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen explains the reasons for the rise in express way charges.

Written by on January 2, 2024

Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has been forced to explain why the Kenya Kwanza administration has increased Expressway toll fees. 

Murkomen has stated that the reason for the recent increase in fees is due to the depreciation of the Kenyan Shilling to the United States dollar (USD). 

He added that the adjustment was made according to the project agreement after the Toll rates were gazetted in April 2022.

“The formulae for computing the new rates are already embedded in the agreement, taking into account the loan facility provided by the investor, which was borrowed using USD,” he said in a tweet on X. 

Further, Murkomen said his office and that of the government of Kenya have no discretion but to follow the agreement as established in 2021.

“The good thing about Expressway is first that the government of Kenya did not give a traffic volume guarantee; otherwise, the taxpayer would now be paying a lot from the interest accrued and inflation plus the difference unmet by less traffic flow,” Murkomen added.

“Second, the consumer has an alternative route which is not tolled.”

Murkomen was responding to Alego Usonga Member of Parliament Sam Atandi, who questioned why the government had increased the toll fees by 50 per cent. 

“Bwana Waziri Kipchumba Murkomen, what is your justification for raising expressway rates by 50 per cent?” Atandi asked. 

To respond, Murkomen said the state had not increased the fees by 50 per cent, but by 38.89 per cent. 

“If you take the maximum increase, which is from 360 to 500, you will get a difference of Sh140. If you divide Sh140 by Sh360 and multiply by 100 you will get 38.89%. Now the last adjustment was done when one dollar was equal to Sh113.14,” Murkomen explained. 

“Now the dollar is Sh157, and using the same method, i.e. 157 minus 113, which is equal to 44,. Divide 44 by 113 and multiply by 100, and you will get 38.9 %. So the increase is proportional.”

In the new toll fees, charges for Class 3 vehicles (saloons) categorised as light vehicles with two axles are as follows for the following routes:

  • Westlands to Mlolongo and Syokimau —-Sh500
  • Westlands to JKIA and Easter Bypass —-Sh410
  • Westlands to Southern Bypass —-Sh330
  • Westlands to Haile Selassie and Capital Centre —-Sh250
  • Westlands to Museum Hill —–Sh170

Light vehicles with two axles and high bonnets (Class 4) will pay 1.5 times more.

Heavy vehicles with fewer than four axles (Class 5) will pay four times more.

Heavy vehicles with four or more axles (Class 6) will pay five times.

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