Kenya: Kasarani-Mwiki Commuters' Nightmare Extends to Day Four

16 January 2020

For the fourth straight day, residents of Kasarani on Thursday morning experienced traffic disruption following ongoing protests over poor roads in the area.

As has been the case since the beginning of the week, commuters who use the Kasarani-Mwiki route were unable to find public transport to the respective places of work.

This even after the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) on Wednesday blamed the poor state of roads in Nairobi on the long rains that have been pounding the city.

While responding to a tweep who had sought to inquire why the Kasarani-Mwiki road was dilapidated Kura said they have engaged with the public representatives from Kasarani and agreed to commence the works.

We engaged with the Public representatives from Kasarani yesterday and following lengthy consultations it was agreed works to start soon we are preparing for the tendering process .Meanwhile our contractor is on site doing everything possible to make the road passable.

-- KURA (@KURAroads) January 15, 2020

But a spot check by Nairobi News on Wednesday and Thursday revealed that there is no contractor on site.

The only thing that was spotted along the road were stones and burned tyres which have been used to block the road.

In a statement on Wednesday, Kura Acting Director General Silas Kinoti said the authority plans to expand the road.

"I wish to assure residents that efforts are in place to ensure our roads are in place to ensure our roads are efficient and safe," said Kinoti.

On Wednesday, the area witnessed ugly scenes as protesters clashed with police who used teargas and water cannons to disperse them.

The road is a vital link for those looking to connect all the way from Kangundo road to Thika Superhighway and vice versa and is in a sorry state of the road.

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