, NAIROBI, Kenya, June 10 – Police were deployed to Embakasi East Constituency on Wednesday afternoon after residents staged a major protest over the poor state of roads in the area. Residents of Baraka Estate led the protest while chanting slogans against the Nairobi county government and area legislator Ogutu Omondi.
They demanded immediate rehabilitation of the stretch from the Eastern by-pass to Jacaranda estate.
“Ogutu must go, Ogutu must go,” went the chants directed to the area Member of Parliament Ogutu Omondi.
They had lit bonfires along the stretch which led to heavy traffic jam, affecting many people who were heading to their respective places of work.
Those who spoke to Capital FM News expressed their disappointment over what they described as empty assurances by the authorities for several years.
“During the dry period, the road is very dusty, people do not open their windows…the situation is worse when it rains because the road is impassable due to numerous potholes and bad sewer line,” an area resident only identified as Sylvia said.
Another said: “Politicians continue to dupe us to vote for them while promising they will address our challenges. We are also Kenyans and need better roads.”
Ruth Waruhiu a resident of Baraka Estate for eight years noted that: “the sewer line needs to be fixed as it has contributed largely in the destruction of the road.”
“We are charged more (transport fee) than the rest of the people due to the poor roads…we take our vehicles to the garage like every time. It needs to be fixed now, we are tired.”
A boda boda operator raised similar sentiments while calling on the County Government to speedily fix the road.
“It’s very dark during the night which make it insecure… we shall not keep quiet again as we suffer,” another said on anonymity grounds.