Residents of Narosura area in Narok South Sub County want the government to renovate the 47-Kilometer stretch Narok-Narosura-Tanzania road after it was completely cut by flash floods.
Several spots on the road among them Ewaso Nyiro, Maji moto and Endonyo rasha areas have been cut off completely as the bridges were swept away by flash floods forcing motorist to use alternative routes to access the town.
Led by their area Member of County Assembly Stephen Kudate, the residents said they are paying double for transport and waste a lot of time traveling on the road which when constructed will only take 40 minutes to get to Narosura market.
Kudate said despite several promises by the national government to construct the road, the promises have remained void, as the road has never been upgraded.
He observed the area is very rich in horticultural produce as it leads in supplying tomatoes, onions, French beans and garlic in Narok town adding that the impassable road had made the farmers to incur massive losses.
Pastor Fredrick Nkoroma said the residents are sometimes forced to spend nights on the road while travelling adding, “We plead with the county government to help in upgrading this road as it is our main source of livelihood”.
He said several children were forced to remain at home when their colleagues in other areas were going to school, because of the poor state of roads.
Yesterday, the county government in collaboration with Red Cross airlifted ten sheep traders who had spent their night on the road after their vehicles were marooned following a heavy downpour.
The traders who hail from Nakuru had travelled to Narosura market to buy livestock but upon return, the road had been cut off by flash floods.
“We prayed overnight because the level of waters kept increasing, but we thank God that we have now been saved,” said Ms. Lucy Njambi, one of the traders.
Benadicto Omondi, an official with Red Cross asked residents to avoid using the road during this rainy season to avert any possible disaster.
By Ann Salaton