NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has warned demonstrators against destroying roads during protests because it impacts negatively on the country’s economy, since it costs up to Sh100 million to repair a kilometer of a road.
KeNHA Chairman Erastus Mwongera who spoke with journalists on Tuesday said that those organising demonstrations leading to road destruction will be prosecuted and forced to incur costs of repairing the damaged roads.
“The efforts of government to attain development and improvement in key road infrastructure has been put under threat due to unfortunate behaviour of burning tyres on paved roads which will eventually cost taxpayers million of shillings to repair, rehabilitate and reconstruct the damaged sections. We urge picketers to obey the rule of law and avoid burning roads,” said Mwongera.
He said those found culpable of damaging roads risk imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand shillings, or both.
Several roads have been damaged since Opposition NASA supporters started demonstrations in major towns to push for reforms at the electoral commission before the fresh October 26 election.
Regions affected include Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and adjacent towns where at least six people have been killed and dozens more injured in protests called by NASA leader Raila Odinga who has vowed to boycott next week’s repeat election.