Drivers and residents plying Mwingi –Migwani road have held demonstrations demanding upgrading of the road.
According to the residents, the road has been in a very distasteful state for over 20 years and has caused enough loss especially to taxi drivers whose vehicles can no longer last.
Kamwatu Malonza, matatu chair plying the route has stated that they demand upgrading of the road soonest possible for they have incurred enough loss in the garages.
Kamwatu further added that they will not work and will hold demos until the road is constructed if that will be the only left option to save them.
“Anyone investing in matatu business especially plying Mwingi – Migwani route ends regretting because of the rapid wear and tear of the car,” complained Malonza.
Kilonzo , a driver in the said route has lamented that he is almost losing his family since he cannot fend for his loved ones after his car broke down and the mechanic demands his share to repair the vehicle.
“Politics aside, this road is causing great havoc to residents and this narrows down to our families,” disappointed Kilonzo said.
‘In 1988, this road was still this way. We have cried to the government for all these years yet nothing has happened. For how long will we cry over this impassable road characterized by plentiful pot- holes. Don’t we pay taxes?”Another resident wondered.
Joseph Kinyambu, a business man along the road said he has parked his cars at home for fear of frequent visits to the mechanic.
“I will not risk driving my new vehicles on this road, I would rather keep them home, “ Joseph stated.
Sebastian Munyasya, another resident said that the contractor who will be awarded the tender should do a better job for the residents have had enough of the poor road.
The area [Kyome-Thaana] member of county assembly, Alex Wambua supported the demos adding transport business in the area has been paralyzed.
“Probox and bodaboda operators in this route decry continued increased losses resulting from frequent visit to the garage accelerated by the poor road,” pointed out the Mca.
Wambua urged the area Mp to reschedule the construction program if possible so that business along the road resumes.