The Star (Nairobi)

11 January 2013

Kenya: 'Broke' Mwingi Town Can't Repair Potholed Roads

The Mwingi Town Council has said it is unable to solve its numerous problems because of lack of funds. The town's residents have complained of a poor road network which they say has led to poor street lighting and garbage pile up.

"I agree that the town is in a mess because of the roads with the most damaged being the one leading to the Mwingi Hospital. We however do not have the money to repair it," said said town clerk Antony Naunga.

"We no longer receive money directly from the Kenya Roads Board for the development of the town." Anunga said his letters to the Kenya Rural Authority, the Kenya Urban Rural Authority and Kenya National Highway Authority asking for funds were not replied.

He said all the council can do is to fill up the potholes with murram until the funds are released. Anunga however defended the council on garbage collection saying they are repairing the collection truck which broke down on Monday.

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