Travellers spend 19 hours in Kenya traffic jam

Hundreds of travellers were left stranded in a 19-hour traffic jam that crippled transport on Kenya’s Mombasa-Nairobi highway.
The gridlock, which lasted from Tuesday evening to Wednesday afternoon, was caused by unfinished work on a road diversion at Taru and a heavy downpour that rendered the muddy stretch impassable.
A large number of buses, trucks, tour vans and other private vehicles were trapped in the jam that stretched from Maji ya Chumvi in Kwale County to Maungu in Taita Taveta County, as the travellers waited for any form of intervention to enable them resume their journey.
Some of the motorists opted to use alternative routes including passages cleared for use by contractors building the standard gauge railway.
Biting hunger
The motorists and travellers accused the road contractor of taking too long to complete the stretch.
Parents, accompanied by their children, agonised the most as they sought to make the young ones comfortable in the face of biting hunger and thirst.
Shops located between Mariakani and Maungu towns on the busy highway ran out of foodstuff after the stranded travellers bought all the stock.
“We have sold out all foodstuff and soft drinks. All loaves of bread,