Cabinet approves extension of KDF’s Manda Bay airstrip in Lamu

President William Ruto on Thursday announced the expansion of the runway at the Manda Bay airfield in Lamu.

The announcement was made following a cabinet meeting chaired by the Head of State to deliberate on measures to control the rising floods, among other things.

According to President William Ruto, the project will enhance the capacity of the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) to defend the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Manda Airstrip, located on Manda Island in Lamu, is a geostrategic facility that the military would use as a way to enhance national, regional and global security operations.

President William Ruto chairing a cabinet meeting in Nairobi on January 15, 2024.


The approval will also allow the runway to serve large-scale aircraft services, including accommodating larger aircraft on upgraded runways.

The Cabinet’s approval of the runway renovation comes amid persistent complaints about the poor condition of the runway from users.

Stakeholders in Lamu’s tourism sector are among those who expressed discontent over delays in runway renovations, a factor they claimed was hampering tourism in the region.

The upgrade that began in 2021 has been stalled for several years even though the project was scheduled to be completed within the first six months of its start.

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) was given the role of presiding over the expansion of the runway.

However, the contractor responsible for carrying out the repairs cited insufficient water as the main challenge of the stalled project.

Among other things deliberated by the Cabinet during its meeting were repairs to school infrastructure in the wake of destruction left by the floods.

to repair and rehabilitate destroyed school infrastructurethe Cabinet ordered the Ministry of Education to work with the National Government’s Electoral District Development.

President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua at State House, Nairobi, on April 30, 2024.