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Makueni residents bemoan dilapidated roads

Wednesday February 19 2020

 Mbulutini River

Residents are forced to wade through muddy water when crossing Mbulutini River. PHOTO | MILLICENT MWOLOLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

MILLICENT MWOLOLO
By MILLICENT MWOLOLO
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Residents of Nguuni village in Makueni are up in arms over the poor state of roads in the area.

Flood waters destroyed the roads, forcing boda-boda riders and motorists to dangerously navigate through the deplorable roads to access other parts of the sub-county.

The Kavuthi-Kasikeu Road, which leads to Barazani Girls’ Secondary School and Mukameni Secondary School, was cut off at Mbulutini River.

Students and residents have to disembark from vehicles and walk through muddy waters to get to the other side of the river.

“The situation worsens when it rains heavily. We are forced to spend the night on the other side,” said a teacher, who declined to be named.

The locals have accused Prof Kivutha Kibwana’s administration of sidelining the area. They claimed the area lacks roads and hospitals.

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Last month, two people and goats were swept away by flood waters in Mbulutini River.

“The two, a man and a woman, were on their way to a dowry event when they were swept away," said a Mr Wambua.

Meanwhile, Kwa Kavuna Dam is unsecured and boda-boda operators have to ride along its edges because the roads in the area have been rendered impassable.

The dam neighbours Nguuni Primary School and pupils walk through mud every day on their to and from school.