Nairobi Star (Nairobi) Raphael Mwadime 2 December 2011 [HR][/HR] Local Government permanent secretary Karega Mutahi has objected plans of diverting the Voi -Taveta-Tanzania highway to pass outside Taveta town. In a recent tour of the town, Mutahi said that by doing so,it will deny the town a chance for more expansion. He echoed the local Councillors move of opposing the road passing outside the town and said it should remain as it is currently where it passes in the middle of the Taveta town heading to Tanzania. "This is an international highway and it is vital to the development of the town economically and also infrastructure wise," said the PS. He was speaking in Taveta town during his tour to inspect local government projects. Meanwhile the misunderstandings between the designers and local leaders are said to have delayed the funding of the vital road an issue which has attracted criticism from the civil society in the country. According to the President of the National civil society congress, Morris Odhiambo,the issue of the road should be left to experts since they are at a better position technically in the construction of the road. "We should not delay the work merely for political reasons.Lets live the process to the technical experts involved," he said. He blamed the politicians for interfering with the process which has resulted to delays in the construction of the vital road which is currently in a deplorable condition. Odhiambo blamed the government for not involving the public in the tendering process of the road."The constitution requires that the tendering process be open but it has not been open as it ought to be," he lamented. Addressing the press at the sidelines of a devolved government forum in Voi yesterday, Odhiambo said that political controversies should not be intermingled with important development projects like the construction of the road.