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Irritate residents block Emali-Wote road, protest over poor state of road

By Stephen Nzioka | Published Tue, August 28th 2018 at 13:06, Updated August 28th 2018 at 13:08 GMT +3

Angry residents Tuesday morning barricaded Emali-Ukia road to protest against poor state of the road.

The protestors lit tyres disrupting traffic along the road that links Kibwezi West sub-county, parts of Makueni sub-county and Kaiti constituency to the County’s headquarters in Wote.

The demonstrations were led by boda boda operators and drivers of vehicles that ply the route.

They claimed their vehicles have constantly developed mechanical problems due to potholes on the road.

“I operate Emali-Matiliku-Wote route and the matatu I drive has been bought through loan and with such a bad road our vehicles don’t give good returns since they often develop mechanical problems anytime,” one of the protesting drivers said.

The road had been blocked few kilometers from Emali town, just before River Muoni.

The enraged residents accused three MPs: Patrick Musimba (Kibwezi west), Daniel Maanzo (Makueni) and Joshua Kimilu (Kaiti) for not conveying their cries to the relevant authorities for the road to be upgraded.

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Emali/Mulala ward MCA Nichodemus Muthoka accused KERRA of poor workmanship that left the road in more pathetic state, threatening to stage major demonstrations next week if the road is not properly repaired.

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