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Riders decry substandard road repair in Mt Elgon

Regular users of the Brigadier-Ndalu-Kiminini road in Tongaren Sub County are very angry following a recent upgrade of the busy road that has made it impassable.

The users especially Boda boda operators have condemned the contractor for what they termed as shoddy work that has rendered the road impassable amidst the ongoing heavy rains in the area.

They told KNA that the contractor used clay-loamy soils to improve the road instead of murram thus turning it muddy. “The contractor has turned the road from bad to worse. Boda boda riders are finding it hard to use for transportation and business unlike before the repair,” complained Clement Wafula, a rider.

He said that the repair which was done last week has messed up huge sections of the road especially at the stretch near Kiminini Primary School in Ndalu location.

Some Boda boda riders have been engaging in a war of words with Bungoma County Revenue Officers staged near Kiminini Police Station threatening to stop paying the daily levy citing the current poor state of the road.

A Revenue Officer who requested anonymity said that on numerous occasions they have been harassed by road users since it was repaired.

Boda boda operators on the other hand lamented they are spending more fuel to navigate the muddy sections of the road with some forcing their pillion passengers to alight and walk at the stretch to avoid accidents.

“The contractor would have graded the road without adding any soil if they had failed to procure the recommended murram. It is criminal to inconvenience road users when public funds have been paid to improve the road,” said an agitated rider.

The operators asked the county government to take disciplinary action against the contractor lamenting that they are now taking 30 minutes from Kiminini to Ndalu unlike 20 minutes that they took before the road was repaired.

By Douglas Mudambo

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