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Motorbike operators lament over poor road

04 October 2012, 16:17 Sammy Kisika

Motorcycle operators along Misikhu –Kimilili route raised concern over poor, impassable road condition and have called upon government to intervene for timely construction of the road.

They revealed that it’s now two years since the contractor; Bridgestone was awarded the tender to carpet the Misikhu–Kimilili road despite the fact that the road is only 7KM long.
They also disclosed that the contractor had left the site in bad state leaving a lot of construction materials like heaps of leveling soil on the road making it so impassable in times of bad weather.

Speaking to the press today residents said that the road had been in poor state for many years and that when they heard that it would finally be repaired in due time, they felt so relieved but suddenly their joy have turned into bitterness and complain.

“We were used to the state of the road at the time despite not being tarmacked but now instead of the contractor improving its state, he has worsened it. Now we cannot even ride on it when it has rained,” lamented Silas Masinde, a motorcyclist.

The motorcycle operators called upon the contractor to lay the road with marrum instead of the red,sticky soil for easier and safe use of the road.

They suggested that the government should withdraw the tender from Bridgestone Company and award it to a more efficient and committed contractor to timely carry out the work.

“We request the government to withdraw the tender and give it to a more reliable company that can carry out the task effectively within a lesser period not like the current one that seems to be taking too long at our expense,” said Masinde.

 The motorbike operators have farther advised the government to closely monitor the construction process till the completion since it has invested a lot in it from the taxpayer’s pocket.

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