Kabete residents hold demo over poor roads

By: GEORGE MUGO

Residents of Kabete constituency yesterday held demonstrations over poor roads and accused MP Ferdinand Waititu of not fixing them.

They blocked the Wangige-Rwaka road at Gikuni using stones, logs and lit bonfires using old tyres.

This resulted in a traffic snarl-up for hours. They said Waititu promised to tarmac the Wangige-Gikuni road during his campaigns, but it has gotten worse.

“Waititu promised us the four-kilometre road would be tarmacked and we voted for him, but we only hear him speaking politics in the press,” resident John Kamau said.

Waititu was elected in a mini poll on May 4 following the death of MP George Muchai.

Yesterday, motorists were forced to take alternative routes and pedestrians waiting for public service vehicles took alternatives, such as using boda bodas.

Led by a group calling itself The Cuba Elite, the residents urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene, saying Waititu has not helped them.

Kevin Mambo said they were protesting because of poor roads, such as Ruku-Ngecha, Mukui-Nyathuna and Wangige-Gikuni.

He said vehicles break down daily as they transport farm produce, such as vegetables, milk, eggs and fruits to the markets.

“Waititu lied to us to clinch the seat. This time round, we will not be cowed. We wish the whole of Kiambu could come and see before making a desicion,” Paul Wainaina said.

Wainaina said Waititu has betrayed Uhuru’s development agenda, since he only follows Deputy President Willam Ruto whereever he goes without remembering to serve his people.

Last Sunday, Waititu told a public baraza at Kimende Primary School in Lari constituency that he would accompany Ruto to a three-day trip to Egypt.

Officers from Waititu’s office, led by Simon Ngugi, arrived tried without success to stop the demonstrations.

Ngugi termed the protest as political war.

Kabete residents applauded Governor William Kabogo for rehabilitating county roads, saying he is worthy of re-election in 2017.

“Kabogo’s work can be seen. Many roads have been rehabilitated using stones and marrum,” Wainaina said.

The demonstrators were later dispersed by officers from Kikuyu police station, led by OCS Joshua Arende.

Speaking to the Star on the phone, Senator Kimani Wamatangi said he has addressed the roads issue.

He he had visited the roads with Roads CS Michael Kamau before he was suspended.

Wamatangi said he has written to the ministry to rehabilitate the roads.