The Star (Kenya)

Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Maragua road to re­vive town’s dy­ing econ­omy

- ALICE WAITHERA/ South Africa News

The gov­ern­ment has re­ha­bil­i­tated a road in Maragua town that has been in a sorry state for close to a decade.

Res­i­dents said the poor state of the road hurt the econ­omy of the town and made it un­con­ducive for busi­ness.

Many busi­nesses closed down as most peo­ple re­lo­cated and mata­tus kept off the town due to the huge pot­holes.

Three banks also closed shop, caus­ing loss of jobs.

On Tues­day, res­i­dents praised the gov­ern­ment, say­ing the new road has given the town a facelift. They said the road project that cov­ers about 10km from Nginda vil­lage to Maragua town will ease trans­porta­tion.

“Mata­tus dropped us off at the en­trance of the town and we had to get boda bo­das to get our goods into Maragua town,” Es­ther Mu­rigi, a trader in Maragua mar­ket, said. Maragua town, which is about a kilo­me­tre from the Kenol-mu­rang’a road, has for years been grap­pling with a slow econ­omy.

But with the new road, res­i­dents hope that the econ­omy will be re­sus­ci­tated. Mu­rigi said many politi­cians used the road to cam­paign and for­got to lobby for its con­struc­tion af­ter they were voted in.

“We thank the gov­ern­ment for re­mem­ber­ing us be­cause we have suf­fered for a long time,” Mu­rigi said. John Maina Mwangi, a boda boda rider, said the state of the road made their work night­mar­ish and that they of­ten suf­fered in­juries af­ter fall­ing as they evaded pot­holes. He ex­pressed con­fi­dence that his earn­ings will im­prove. Icha­gaki MCA Charles Mwangi said the road will re­store the lost glory of Maragua town. “The bank­ing in­sti­tu­tions that had closed down will now re­turn and the econ­omy will be­come vi­brant,” he said.

 ?? /ALICE WAITHERA ?? The newly re­car­peted road in Maragua town
/ALICE WAITHERA The newly re­car­peted road in Maragua town

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