Residents of Sichambo village in Likuyani ward Likuyani Sub County who have for a long time suffered the agony of poor Namunyu – Sichambo junction road have reasons to smile after a local leader intervened to help renovate the road.
Speaking when she led residents in the renovation work, Ms. Diana Ameka regretted how the poor condition of upcountry roads is holding back the country’s economic growth and hampering regional trade.
“The lack of proper road networks especially in remote areas remains a hindrance to development in rural areas and also the non-existence of roads also affects the movement of residents in those areas,” said Ms Ameka.
Ms. Ameka who is vying for Likuyani ward Member of County Assembly seat said good roads would create more job opportunities and improve access to markets and health services of the rural people.
She said that the bid by farmers to increase food production in line with the big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030 might not be fruitful if roads in remote areas are not opened up to enable them to transport their produce.
The residents who joined together and participated in the rehabilitation exercise said the feeder road was totally impassable during the rainy season making it difficult for human, vehicles and motorcycle movements, a condition they have had to endure for years.
They said regimes have come and gone but their plea to have the road rehabilitated has always landed on deaf ears.
“Our leaders only come here when they need votes and after being elected they leave, never to be seen again. We are tired of the poor state of the road. It is a death trap. It is like we are not paying taxes,” they lamented.
They said that it has been a challenge for them to reach hospitals, markets and other social places due to the sorry state of the road.
The residents thanked Ms. Ameka for heeding to their cry and intervened to ensure the road was passable.
“We are now happy our homes can be accessed with ease thanks to Ms. Ameka for being a development conscious leader. We will fully support her development agenda for the Likuyani people,” they said.