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Nairegia Enkare residents lament over poor roads

Residents of Nairegia Enkare area in Narok East Sub County have decried deprived roads that hinder them from transporting their farm produce to the market.

The residents said despite the area being a rich agricultural zone, the farmers do not get value for their crops because of the impassable roads.

Led by a prominent farmer and business man Jeff Mathai, the residents said they suffer in the hands of middlemen who buy their produce at a throw away prices, only to sell them at double the price.

Mathai called on the current administration to prioritise tarmacking of the 42-kilometer road from Nairegia Enkare junction to Wa-four area that is completely impassable during rainy seasons.

The area, he said, is rich in potato, maize, carrots, beans, vegetables, wheat and barley production which rot in the shamba during rainy seasons, owing to the impassable road.

He lamented that the farmers use donkeys and motor bikes to transport farm produce for over 40kms from their shambas to Nairegia Enkare trading centre.

Gideon Karanja, a pickup driver said every time he transports farm produce from the area to markets in Nairobi, he has to take his vehicle to the garage for repair.

During the rainy season, Karanja said the situation is so dire as the road becomes very slippery, forcing them unnecessary delay before accessing the tarmacked road.

“It is ridiculous that some Kenyans are suffering because of prolonged drought in their respective areas, yet we have more than enough food in this place that cannot reach the market easily,” said Karanja.

They spoke during the burial of a Mau Mau freedom fighter veteran Lucy Wanjiru Njoroge at Kojonga village in Narok East Sub County.

By John Koyiet Kaleke

 

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