Residents protest, blame MP over impassable roads
14 November 2014, 22:57
Nairobi - Hundreds of Gikondi location residents in Mukurweini constituency Friday staged demonstrations in the area complaining over poor state of rural roads.
The residents led by their Member of the County Assembly (MCA), James Kahiga Thieri blamed area MP, Kabando wa Kabando for low infrastructural development record in the location.
The MCA claimed that the MP was not distributing development projects equally across the constituency.
The residents in collaboration with bodaboda operators while armed with twigs and placards chanted anti-Kabando slogans over the deplorable condition of rural roads.
They demanded to know why funds for construction of a 20-kilometre road (Gikondi-Thaara road) which was set to be tarmacked were diverted to another road, Ichamara-Kihuti road, in Mukurweini Central ward.
" We feel discriminated and short changed by the MP. Gikondi-Thaara road was to be tarmaced first and he had picked it as a priority but it has been listed as the third position which means we will continue waiting. He cannot even murram this road which connects us to Mukurweini town,” said the MCA noting that inaccessibility of the area is affecting locals’ economic status.
Kahiga further claimed that during a phone conversation with the MP, the lawmaker asserted that ‘he is the leader and took the projected to where he got majority votes’.
" This is not a political war but we want the project brought back to us,” Kahiga stated.
Bodaboda operators decried that sick people and expectant women were being escorted to hospital on motorbikes and on foot since vehicles cannot access the area.
" I have witnessed several women giving birth at the roadside after taking long to arrive in hospital since vehicles cannot get in this region,” said Bonface Muriithi, a bodaboda operator.
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