Nkubu residents decry poor state of roads within their town
Residents of Nkubu town in Imenti South constituency, Meru County, have decried the poor road networks within the town. According to residents, despite the existence of various means of transportation in the town, the bad state of the roads has made living a nightmare for motorists and commuters.
The apparent lack of impact from the county government, especially in terms of road rehabilitation, has resulted in unnecessary loss of man-hours and economic misfortune.
Investigations by NTV revealed that the major link roads in the estate are riddled with many gaping potholes, providing a fertile ground for accidents and regular breakdown of vehicles, especially during rainy seasons.
“At every available opportunity, we made appeals to the local authority, but nobody responded. We want the county government to come and help us repair the roads,” said James Mutwiri, a businessman.
Joy Kawira, a trader in the town, appealed to the county government of Meru to intervene by making budgetary provisions for road repairs, especially in major towns within the county.
“When it rains, the potholes are covered, and so you don’t know which holes are deep or not, and drivers just run into them,” said Julius Kariithi, a motorist in the area. The neglect of the roads is seen by some sections of the estate as politically motivated.
Nkubu town falls in one of the most fertile and best-watered parts of Africa, with tea, coffee, and dairy farming as the main economic activities in the area. It is also the lead town in South Imenti Constituency.