Slow roadworks spark protests in Embu

Embu residents stage a protest over slow construction of the Mirundi- Kevote road in Runjenjes on August 3, 2020. PHOTO | GEORGE MUNENE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

What you need to know:

  • Residents said it was a shame that local leaders have remained silent on the project’s progress.
  • They said their pleas to have the road completed have fallen on deaf ears and vowed to continue protesting.

Residents of Makengi village in Embu County Tuesday took to the streets to protest at the slow construction of Mirundi-Kevote road.

The protesters barricaded the road, causing a major traffic jam.

They accused the contractor of taking too long to upgrade the road.

“The contractor has only done one kilometre despite having been paid some money. He has even left the site and we’re concerned that the project may stall," said Mrathuri Njeru, a resident.

They decried the poor state of the road, saying, it becomes impassable during rainy seasons, making it difficult for them to ferry their farm produce to the markets.

Residents said it was a shame that local leaders have remained silent on the project’s progress. They said their pleas to have the road completed have fallen on deaf ears and vowed to continue protesting.

They demanded that the contract be cancelled and the tender be awarded to another contractor.