By: ALPHONCE GARI
Malindi MP Dan Kazungu on Saturday walked more than 50km to fulfill a promise. Kazungu said he would walk from Malindi town to Langobaya if the national government approved Sh4 billion to tarmack Salagate Road.
He walked for 12 hours and 15 minutes on the dusty murram road used by tourists going to Tsavo East National Park.
Dressed in full Giriama traditional regalia, rubber shoes and a walking stick, Kazungu was with his supporters and a fleet of buses.
The MP made stop overs at roadside centres to talk to residents.
Hundreds of curious residents jammed the roads after word went round that the MP was walking on foot.
Some joined him in solidarity to the next centre while others waved placards, praising his development record.
“I am fulfilling a promise I made during my campaign. The national government allocated us 110km tarmac, which is the longest in the second batch of the road projects,” Kazungu said.
The MP turned down calls to get into the vehicle to finish the trip.
Kenya Red Cross officials received him at the finish line.
“I could not have raised Sh4 billion for the tarmacking of this road. To get funding I had to work with the government closely,” Kazungu said. Four bulls were slaughtered during the ceremony.