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Transport paralyzed as residents demonstrate over increased road carnage

08 March 2016, 11:49 Joseph Njung’eh

Sabasaba - Transport along the busy Murang’a-Kenol road was paralyzed for after residents of Sabasaba area staged demonstrations protesting numerous accidents along the road.

The irate residents decried loss of numerous lives at a section of the road in Sabasaba trading centre, mostly occasioned by over speeding vehicles.

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Led by boda boda operators, the residents armed with shovels and jembes erected temporary bumps using soil and stones causing traffic snarl up along the busy road.

They were angered by an accident that occurred over the weekend when a boda boda operator with his two passengers all perished after they were hit by a speeding lorry.

Police had a hard time controlling the residents who were pelting motorists with stones, as they struggled to remove barricades that the crowd had erected on the road to allow smooth traffic flow.

They accused the contractor who is working on the road for not erecting bumps, thus putting lives of residents at risk of being hit by motorists.

A local resident, Harrison Muturi, said the contractor has taken a long time to complete construction of the road, noting that he has left dangerous trenches on either side of the road.

“Delayed construction of this road has led to many accidents, and the completed parts the road especially those near trading centres have no bumps, prompting motorists who are not familiar with the area to over speed thereby causing accidents,” said Muturi.

Maragua MP, Kamande Mwangi who was among the motorists affected by the demonstration, called on the contractor to erect bumps and put road signs to guide motorists.

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