Fix drainage mess, Nairobi residents demand

May 16, 2015 2:33 pm
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Those who spoke to Capital FM News on Saturday expressed disappointment over what they term as the sluggish response in clearing the mess/MIKE KARIUKI
Those who spoke to Capital FM News on Saturday expressed disappointment over what they term as the sluggish response in clearing the mess/MIKE KARIUKI
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 16 – Residents of Nairobi West are calling on the County Government to expedite unclogging of the drainage systems in the area, a week after heavy rains left their houses flooded.

Those who spoke to Capital FM News on Saturday expressed disappointment over what they termed as a sluggish response in clearing the mess.

They are specifically angered after county workers lay heaps of sludge from the drainage just a few metres from the gutters.

“Mai Mahiu road is horrible, garbage is all over…someone is sleeping on the job. The drainage system is horrible,” Lydia Lushula a resident complained.

One of the area residents Amreen Qureshi said they were worried that if it rains, the situation will be worse even as they continue to count losses of damage to property.

“We have been praying that it stops raining… we are having a very bad time. They should just clear all this mess,” she said.

“Nothing is happening so far, in fact they are worsening the situation by leaving heaps of soil outside our gates.”

Aisha Laudrum, who also resides in Nairobi West complained that County Government officials are yet to assess the damage for purposes of compensation.

“Nobody has come here to console us, people have died. Where is my vote and does it matter anymore?” she posed.

The visibly irritated Laudrum wondered whether the bright future promised by politicians was “the rubbish, cholera or me fixing my house after the rains?”

“It is demoralising…the County Government should focus on the right things and that’s the mwananchi (public).”

They hope that the rains will temporary stop for the situation to be rectified.

The Nairobi County Government has since set up a Sh50 million emergency recovery funds to rectify the outdated drainage system in the city.

County Executive Committee Member for Roads, Transport and Public Works, Mohamed Abdullahi said the kitty will be used to unblock clogged drainage systems in various parts of the county.

The funds will also be used to construct roads that have been destroyed by heavy floods.

Abdullahi however said the county was analysing long term measures to ensure the city runs smoothly in future even during rainy seasons.

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