Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Will this bad Migori road be used as campaign tool this time again?

It is barely one kilometre long road, connecting residents of Kakrao to the busy Kisii-Migori road.

But over time, it has been washed away by surface water, leaving it in the mercy of rocks and boulders.

Henry Onyango, a resident of Kakrao village in Suna East, can better tell the story of the road. He uses it daily.

Every electioneering period, aspirants have visited the area, promising to return the lost glory of the road, but all in vain.

The poor status of the road has seen it delink St Augustine Kakrao Mixed Secondary School, and its primary section.

“During the 2017 elections, this road was used by some leaders as a tool to seek for votes. Some of them won, and have never returned here. We are expecting them to come again ahead of August 9,” said Onyango.

Fred Andala, a retired teacher and trader in the area said that they cannot use their personal cars as the road is a daring nightmare.

“We leave our cars far away and trek home. The protruding rocks and slipper surface has made it costly for us to use cars here. When it rains, it gets worse,” lamented Andala.

He claims many shops have closed down as it is too expensive to get stock into their shops, hence cutting down on returns.

“Wholesalers with lorries and vehicles often leave supplies at the main road. We are forced to either carry goods on our heads or hire motorbikes which charge exorbitantly due to the condition of the road,” Andala said.

Mike Omondi, a boda boda rider said the road has been an obstacle to their earnings as they are forced to change spare parts in their bikes frequently.

The residents recalled that the last time they saw a contractor on the road was four years back, when elections were approaching. The road maintenance has since  stopped after elections.

With elections around the corner, the residents have vowed not to stomach any aspirant coming in the name of promising to construct that road.

“They (aspirant) have already begun surging, and some mentioning this road. They will not get any attention until this road is properly maintained,” said Omondi.

Polycarp Ochienghttp://www.lakeregionbulletin.co.ke
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