Give Kay­ole, Mi­hango res­i­dents al­ter­na­tive route, state urged

Mi­hango MCA Paul Ka­dos was ar­rested on Fri­day af­ter protest­ing against the road cut-off by the mil­i­tary, which he called ‘bar­baric’. Thou­sands of res­i­dents stranded

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nairobi - CHRISPINUS WEKESA @Chrispi­nusW

The state and county should pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive route for Mi­hango and Kay­ole res­i­dents, since the KDF cut their main link road to se­cure its land, two Nairobi lead­ers have said.

They are Em­bakasi East MP John Omondi and Mi­hango MCA Paul Ka­dos. They called the block­age un­fair and bar­baric. At the week­end, armed sol­diers guarded the bull­dozer that dug a trench across the road. Res­i­dents were told to seek al­ter­na­tive routes.

Res­i­dents said the KDF told them that this week it will also de­mol­ish the only bridge. They said they have used the road since 1999, and the cut-off is un­fair.

They protested last Fri­day and on Mon­day. Ka­dos was ar­rested dur­ing the Mon­day protest. The Fri­day protest be­gan at 6am.

“There has never been a prob­lem be­tween us and the sol­diers. We were sur­prised to wake one morn­ing and find the road had been blocked,” a res­i­dent said. Ka­dos was charged at Makadara court and re­leased on Sh300,000 bail. Omondi told the Star cut­ting off the road will strandt­hou­sands of res­i­dents. “This is a se­ri­ous mat­ter, not a joke. The Nairobi govern­ment and the state should come up with an al­ter­na­tive route to stop the suf­fer­ing,” he said.

Res­i­dents are forced to use the Manyanja Road and other routes. “School­child­ren who live on ei­ther side can­not ac­cess schools. They now get to school at 10am,” Ka­dos said.

“The Kenya De­fence Forces should have alerted res­i­dents so they could pre­pare and the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties seek al­ter­na­tive routes.”

He said the Nairobi Mas­ter Plan of 1980 shows thatathe road, which passes through a sec­tion of the KDF land, was to link to the Eastern by­pass.

“This is some­thing that had been en­vi­sioned for the fu­ture. The KDF should al­low res­i­dents to use the road,” Ka­dos said. The KDF is yet to is­sue a state­ment on the mat­ter.

/CHRISPINUS WEKESA

A trac­tor clears the Kay­ole-Mi­hango road on Tues­day, block­ing it and trig­ger­ing protests by res­i­dents

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