, KITUI, Kenya, Jun 30 – Scary tales of people, animals and vehicles drowning while attempting to cross River Thua in Mutitu, Kitui County, during the rainy season, is now a thing of the past.
Over 1,000 residents of Inyuu village now have a reason to smile following the construction of Thua Bridge at a cost of Sh100 million by the National Government.
For the last one month, the bridge has opened up greater economic growth in the area by connecting Kitui town to Malalani. Previously, area residents were forced to divert 200 kilometres to get through Kitui town or Mutituni.
The area residents I met said the bridge has saved many lives especially those of school going children every time the area experiences rains or floods.
”We have lost so many lives at this place. School going children have been the most affected especially during rainy season. When the river used to flood, most of them had no option but to stay away from school,” Said Mutua Kivunzyo, of Inyuu village.
In a casual conversation, Kivunzyo tell me now that the bridge is available, they have engaged more in productive ventures and their children attend school without failure.
”We have now engaged in development activities after the government brought this project closer to us.”
Construction of Thua Bridge, a flagship of the Jubilee Government took a maximum of two and a half months from April up- to mid-June, 2017 for completion.
The Jubilee Government has invested over Sh144 billion in water, health and road projects in Lower Eastern province, according to Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.