Makueni County Governor, H.E Mutula Kilonzo Jnr and Superior Homes Kenya CEO, Shiv Arora on the excavator during the groundbreaking of a KES. 350 million truckstop at Sultan Hamud. The development is a pilot project of the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA) implemented by Superior Homes Kenya. PHOTO/ VERA SHAWIZA


By Vera Shawiza

Superior Homes Kenya has broken ground

for the construction of a KSHS 350

million modern roadside stopover complex

at Sultan Hamud town along the Nairobi-

Mombasa highway that will provide all-

in-one safe and secure resting points

for long-distance truck drivers.

Dubbed Supastop, the truck drivers stop

will feature modern amenities for long-

distance transit drivers, including safe

and secure parking, fuel station,

decent and affordable accommodation, a

variety of affordable eateries,

convenience stores, clean restrooms,

clean showers, prayer rooms, and a

health facility, all in one development.

Supastop will also offer other services

including truck and other vehicle

maintenance and repair, driver training,

and logistics services.

Superior Homes intends to tap into the

market gap of inadequate and informal

truck stop facilities in Kenya by

providing self-contained service & rest

point areas to truck drivers along the

various transit routes within the

country, with the development at Sultan

Hamud being the pilot for a further 30

proposed locations along the Northern


Sultan Hamud is identified as a major

parking spot for long-distance trucks

with an estimated 300 trucks parking

along the roadside every night. It is

the center of a 145 km stretch between

Mtito Andei and Salama but has been

lacking decent accommodation facilities

for long-distance transit drivers.

Speaking at the launch ceremony Hon.

Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, Governor of Makueni

County, commended Superior Homes Kenya

for the timely and innovative initiative

that will also help address the issue

of driver fatigue – one of the biggest

causes of road accidents.

“One of the biggest causes of road

accidents is driver fatigue. When you

offer long-distance transit drivers a

secure parking spot, decent and

affordable accommodation as will happen

here, they are sure of a good night’s

sleep, and you will have a fresh and

more alert driver on the road the

following day. Road safety is a key

agenda for Makueni County, and we are

continuously putting in place and

enforcing rules and guidelines to ensure

our roads are safe for all. Initiatives

like this will always get our support

and we encourage other players to join

in implementing such long-term

initiatives that are key in boosting the

growth of Makueni County and the

logistics industry at large,” said Hon.

Mutula Kilonzo Jnr.

Also speaking during the launch event,

Superior Homes Kenya CEO Shiv Arora

noted that their main drive to put up

modern stopover complex facility was

driven by the gap in the Kenyan market

where long-distance transit drivers

lack decent and affordable resting


“With the demand for goods and services

increasing, and the growing concern to

promote road safety for road users, the

need for safe rest stops has never been

greater. Fatigue among long-distance

transit drivers is a major cause of most

road accidents between heavy commercial

vehicles and passenger buses collisions

that often result in loss of lives and

properties estimated in millions of

dollars every year. The implementation

of this project also provides direct and

indirect employment opportunities to

communities around Sultan Hamud and its

environs, which is a contribution to the

people’s well-being. This project is

expected to create numerous jobs in

construction, operations, and

maintenance. Through this project, we

will be able to not only impact the

logistics sector but the surrounding

communities as well.,” said Superior

Homes Kenya CEO, Shiv Arora.

Superior Homes CEO Shiv Arora also noted

that the company has established

footprints in the real estate and

hospitality sectors in Kenya and that

they are happy to also tap into the

logistics sector through this project.

“As a company, we are always keen to

venture into impactful and innovative

products. We have already set a track

record through our various developments

that exist in the Kenyan market, and we

are confident that this new project will

open even bigger and better

opportunities in the future,” added

Superior Homes CEO Shiv Arora.

Completion of this project is scheduled

for end of 2023 and will contribute to

the reduction of road accidents

attributed to long-distance heavy

commercial vehicles and passenger buses

that not only lead to loss of lives, but

also loss of properties estimated in

millions of dollars every year.

The International Labour Organization

Hours of Work and Rest Periods (Road

Transport) Convention, 1979, stipulates

that truck drivers should not exceed

nine hours per day or 48 hours per week

without rest. Supastop is a pilot

project in partnership with the Northern

Corridor Transit and Transit Corridor

(NCTTCA) which is mandated to guarantee

free passage of transit traffic along

the member states of the Northern


Superior Homes Kenya PLC is a family-

owned real estate development company

that was registered in 2004. The company

takes pride in being the pioneers of

the open-plan gated community concept in

the region, which is now recognized as

the future for sustainable living in

East Africa. The company has a number of

developments including, Greenpark

Estate in Athi-River in Machakos County,

Fadhili Care within Greenpark Estate,

Greenpark Sundowner within Greenpark

Estate, Pazuri at Vipingo in Kilifi

County, Lake Elementaita Mountain Lodge

in Nakuru County and Lukenya Wildlife

Estate in Machakos County. Superior

Homes plans to diversify into

hospitality and leisure by offering

holidays at its three sites while

continuing to develop beautiful houses

within outstanding environments.

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