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Repair footbridge to avert disaster, Mukuru residents say

Wednesday January 15 2020

The Mandazi Road footbridge

The Mandazi Road footbridge which is used by residents of Mukuru slums and which they now say poses a danger to them as most of the metal has been eaten by rust. They have appealed to the government to have it repaired. PHOTO | SAMMY KIMATU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

SAMMY KIMATU
By SAMMY KIMATU
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Residents of three villages in the sprawling Mukuru slums in Nairobi have called on the government to repair a footbridge that they use daily before a disaster strikes.

The residents, from Mukuru Kaiyaba, Mukuru Sokoni and Mukuru Kisii slums, have asked both the county and national governments to urgently repair the Mandazi Road footbridge.

The bridge was built in 2002 by former Makadara MP Reuben Ndolo.

NGONG RIVER

It is now in a sorry state and on Wednesday, the residents had to carefully manoeuvre their way across to avoid falling into the river below.

Before the bridge was built, residents had faced challenges crossing the river when it rained.

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They had to wait for water to subside before crossing the river.

"You see the metal bars are worn out. Some are broken and the corrugated sheet can hurt your feet," Ms Deborah Moraa said.

The residents now want the government to come to their rescue before the bridge collapses.

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