IDPs protest on Mai Mahiu to Naivasha road


By KBC Reporter

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Transport along the busy Mai Mahiu to Naivasha road was paralyzed for hours after a group of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) took to the streets demanding the erection of a bridge connecting Muniu and Jikaze areas.

The demonstrators claimed that several people have lost their lives after drowning in giant gullies that were created by the recent el-nino rains.

Area residents are now forced to walk for over two kilometers to access each side despite the two areas being only 200 meters apart.

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The protesters took to the road after reports emerged that about five people had lost their lives after being washed away by flash floods in the gullies this year alone.

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According to the community chairman Michael Kihara, the gullies were 50 feet deep with school going children having the burden of walking for long to access their school while avoiding the bad road.

Kihara said the gullies were expanding rapidly saying that efforts to seek assistance from the county government of Nakuru have been fruitless.

“No one can cross from one area to another yet the residents are close neighbours who share a common trading centre”.

He said they were promised that a foot bridge would be constructed by the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) that is conducting a project in the area, though nothing has been done.

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“KETRACO is constructing a transmission line here and they told us any village they pass through they must do a community project but that has been an empty promise six months after they set foot here”.

His sentiments were echoed by Jikaze IDP chairman Mohammed Ngugi who said that two adults lost their lives after being washed away by floods on the gullies last month.

Ngugi said women who fetch water and kids going to school have been the most affected by the deep gorges and called for intervention from the National Government.

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“We are concerned that more lives would be lost if something is not done in that area and we want the President to help us and solve this problem”.

A woman leader Zipporah Mwihaki told of the agony they’ve been going through ever since the cracks developed.

She said that in the beginning they were able to cross the area but two months down the line no one can access the two areas without having to walk kilometers away.

“The two areas are a stone throw away from each other but we are now taking one hour to reach the other end where there are schools and other social amenities”

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