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Farmers left counting losses after rains damage road

Farmers left counting losses after rains damage road


Friday, May 3, 2024

KNA by Steve Gatheru

In ordinary times, the Piai- Wango-Riakanau road is the economic lifeline of thousands of residents of Mwea Sub county in Embu.

They use the road to take hundreds of crates of tomatoes and other fresh produce as well as fish from Masinga Dam to the market every day.

But that has changed with the ongoing heavy rains damaging the road such that only some tractors and boda boda taxis can access the area, leaving produce rotting on farms as they are not enough to get everything out.

Resident, Noah Wambua said the Kenya Rural Roads Authority officials were there recently and said they cannot do anything while it is still raining.

He added that they also expected the Embu County Government which collects a lot of cess from the road to do something but their cries have fallen on deaf ears.

Another resident, Sila Mwaniki said they were tired of the two entities’ endless promises while their businesses stagnated.

Following the damage, a former Mbeere South MP, the Rev Mutava Musyimi, has come to the aid of the residents by donating a lorry that is helping to pour hardcore in the very bad places as a stopgap measure that will enable trucks to move in and out of the area during this rainy season.

Courtesy; KNA

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