The Residents at Kakrao ward in Migori County have Called upon the county and national governments to repair a section of road near St.Augustine Kakrao mixed Secondary School.

The residents have been grappling with poor road network that has for a long period of time cut them off Kisii-Migori highway.

The community said the stretch from the busy road which is about a kilometer is impassable after rain water dug deep gulley across the roads making it impassable.

“The two learning institutions St Augustine Kakrao Mixed secondary and the primary section, together with the shopping center here is completely cut off as the road maintenance stopped years ago,” Henry Onyango a resident said.

Onyango said a school bus at the secondary school has been grounded because of the poor road network while teachers at the two institutions with cars have been forced to leave their vehicles and trek to school.

“We have cars too as residents but we have decided to leave them at home as the road’s deep gulley, jutting rocks and slipper surface which is made worse when it rains are a nightmare,” Fred Andala, a retired teacher and trader said.

Andala said most shops in the center and the area have decided to close down because of extra cost of doing business caused by the road.

“Wholesalers with lorries and vehicles often leave supplies at the main road as they will never follow the road, we are forced to either carry goods on our heads or hire motorbikes,” Andala said.

Enika Ajenda said students who use the road especially when they bring in water for use have been slipping and breaking their legs.

“We are also grappling with water shortage and this is the road we share with students and it has been a hazard, a disaster especially when one is sick or during burial when we are forced to carry coffins on our shoulders,” she said.

Mike Omondi, a boda boda rider said the road has been a hazard as they are forced to change spare parts in their bikes frequently.

The community called on government through area elected leaders to ensure the road is repaired to help them and finish their suffering.

By Treeza Auma

Treeza Auma is a Digital Content Producer and founder of KTMN She is also Television journalist at Kenya News Agency and Leadership Accelerator at Women in News.

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