The Star (Nairobi)

22 November 2012

Kenya: Jomvu Residents Hold Demo Over Traffic Snarl - Terrible Road

Residents of Kwa Jomvu yesterday led a demonstration demanding the relocation of Container Freight Stations and warehouses located in their area.

The angry residents took to the streets from around 4 pm, saying the CFS and warehouse causes traffic jams and the warehouses are a health hazard.

"The road is so dusty that our children are constantly getting TB," said Matilda Kalume, a resident. Speaking during the demonstration Kalume a resident said trailers from the freight companies had ruined the road leading to their homes, causing traffic snarl-ups all day.

"We have had enough of these trailers. We want them out," said Kalume. Addressing the residents, MP Seif Kajembe asked the government to relocate the depots and to bar trailers from accessing the road.

"This road cannot withstand these huge loads by these carried by these trailers. It is a pity the government has not done anything about it," he said.

She said some residents have been forced to spend a whole day in the road while transporting bodies to their resting place.

"We have had many cases of pregnant mothers giving birth on the road due to the jams. Sometimes people even die before they can be rushed to the hospital," said Kalume adding that they are at times forced to hire motorbikes to serve as ambulances in case of emergencies.

"This area was initially a residential area not commercial. Therefore these companies should be moved," said Kajembe. Kajembe said the road had been spoilt by lorries and trucks serving the various container freight stations in the area.

The demonstration was also joined by touts and drivers plying the route who complained of reduced earnings saying their vehicles were constantly getting repaired due to the bad state of the road.

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