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Repair Makutano bridge or we will block the highway indefinitely, residents demand

RIFT VALLEY
By Irissheel Shanzu | August 5th 2016

Residents of Makutano township have issued a one-week ultimatum to the Government to repair the Makutano bridge, failure to which they would block indefinitely the Kitale-Lodwar highway.

The bridge may soon collapse if heavy rains continue to pound the area as mudslide has destroyed a huge section of the road near it.

The residents, who blocked the road for several hours to air their grievances, urged the Government to repair it before it collapses.

The mudslide destroyed the road just two feet to the bridge, which now poses a risk to passengers and motorists.

Led by Meshack Kakuko, the residents said they had informed area Senator John Lonyangapuo about the situation.

Nothing done

"The Senate Roads Committee promised to instruct Kenya National Highway Authority to repair the bridge but up to now nothing has been done," said Mr Kakuko.

He called on the Government to treat the issue as urgent and threatened to barricade the road until their grievances are addressed. The mudslide also caused extensive damage and loss in farms as maize plantations had been destroyed.

Abdi Bakari Sakwa, a farmer, said they fear more damages as heavy rains are still expected.

"Crops on my one-acre land and my toilet have been swept by the mudslide. And whenever it rains, I become worried because the mudslide is moving closer to my house," said Mr Bakari.

He asked the Government to visit the site and mitigate the damage by constructing gabions along the busy highway.

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