Residents complain over shoddy road works

Residents of Elementaita Ward in Gilgil have decried poor workmanship by a contractor on the 50 kilometre Elementaita-Mau Narok road that they say is pivotal to economic growth of the area.

The disillusioned residents want the Nakuru roads engineer to compel Nyoro Contractors Limited to adhere to agreed construction standards or chase away the contractor who they say is bent on staining the economy of the rural region that relies on tourism and agriculture for livelihoods.

Businessmen Francis Njoroge and Halima Dair said the road which has been in bad state for decades has led to years of an economic slump in Elementaita, an area that is popular with bird watchers.

The road links hundreds of acres of commercial farm land in Mau Narok to markets in Nakuru and Naivasha towns.

The traders say the prospects for better livelihoods in the area as envisaged by the Governments development blue print were bleak if relevant authorities will not intervene and supervise the contractor.

Njoroge said the ongoing heavy rains in the region had compounded the plight of residents as the poor drainage system on the road causes floods that damage their business premises.

Area representative Moses Kamau observed that if the contractor was allowed to continue constructing the road same way, then the road will be a long term economic liability.

When contacted, the contractor and the regional engineer did not respond.

The Kenya Rural Roads Authority commissioned Nyoro contractors Limited to upgrade the road to bitumen status.

The contractor has only managed to gravel some 10 kilometers of the road.

Construction works on the road commenced in December 2017.

Source: Kenya News Agency