Kikuyu residents to sue over drainage


Residents of Kikuyu Town ward plan to sue the government and the contractor of the Southern Bypass for allegedly diverting drainage to their homes.

Floodwaters forced the residents of Thirime, Thogoto and Kiawamagira villages to spend a sleepless night on Friday.

A stone wall at Nyongara slaughterhouse was also destroyed.

The slaughterhouse manager Kennedy Ababu said they rescued 54 bulls forced out of the facility by the downpour.

“We repaired the wall with wood as it was raining to stop animals from moving out,” he said.

Resident Salome Nduta said: “We have never seen water flow at this speed. The road is on a hill and our homes are on low ground.”

“We were planning to go to bed when I started seeing water enter my house. I called my neighbour and I was shocked to realise they were outside trying to block the water.”

Area MCA Binary Wainaina said the China Road Company diverted the drainage without considering the residents’ safety.

He accused the Kenya National Highways Authority, which monitored the contractor, of not advising the company.

Speaking on Saturday, Wainaina said Kenha and the company should pay for the damage.