The Star (Nairobi)

9 August 2014

Kenya: 'Beached' Boat Ties Up Traffic in Thika Town

A truck carrying a boat has caused traffic snarl-up on the Thika-Garissa road for two days.

The truck ferrying the boat from Mombasa to Kisumu got held on in the middle of the road by electricity lines.

The driver, Antony Njogu, said they have been held there for two days because Kenya Power have declined to cut off the power line to allow them proceed with the journey.

"We have come all the way from Mombasa through Kibwezi and Kitui but we got stuck here in Thika," Njogu said.

He said the boat belongs to Cormaco Ltd and is expected to arrive in Kisumu after two weeks.

"We hope that after this problem is solved, we won't get into a similar one so that we can arrive in Kisumu within the next 14 days," Njogu said.

He appealed to Kenya Power to speed up and disconnect the lines for just a few minutes so that they can pass and ease the traffic.

The boat attracted a huge crowd from Makongeni estate, who gathered to see it with some taking photos with the boat.

"I have never seen such a boat in my lifetime and that's why I have taken photos beside it so that I can tell my children that I have been to Mombasa," Joel Mungai said.

Photographers made a kill for their business as locals continued to mill around the cruiser.

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