Residents of Makutano-Kyumbi town in Machakos county have decried the poor state of lighting along several streets in the area terming it a security threat.
Led by their spokesperson Stephen Mwendwa, the residents noted that county government officials recently repaired the dysfunctional street lights but seem to have left out some key ones
County revenue was spent here to benefit the residents but most of the lights are not working as of now. I recently saw some repair works going on but I wonder why all areas are not well lit said Mwendwa.
Mwendwa said that the poor lighting along those streets has led to increased cases of robbery where many traders have been forced to close their businesses early.
He further added that the situation has enabled the thriving of commercial sex business particularly along this areas as those involved can go on their illegal vice unexposed
Could this be intentional or even an act of vandalism so that this particular zones remain dark. Something needs to be done he added
According to another resident who requested anonymity, several truck drivers who pack along the busy Nairobi-Mombasa highway also take advantage of the situation to engage the sex workers.
The residents are now calling on the concerned government officials and any other concerned stakeholders to move with haste and look into the matter.
A spot check by KNA Saturday morning confirmed that several of the street light’s electric wiring appeared to have been tampered with.
Source: Kenya News Agency