Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina on Saturday criticised Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen over the poor state of the Loita- Tanzania Road, which has been destroyed by the ongoing heavy rains, rendering it relatively impassable.
In a post, the legislator revealed that he spent the entire Friday night along the stretch. Describing the situation as dangerous, the Narok Senator called on CS Murkomen to consider upgrading the road to bitumen standard to facilitate the movement of Kenyans who rely on the road daily.
“After spending the night on the road from Loita, Narok South, this is what I had to go through to get to my destination,” the legislator remarked
“Very dangerous I must say! This road is a KeNHA international road that links Kenya To Tanzania,” he added.
Collage of scenes at Loita road after a heavy downpour on January 13, 2024.
A video shared by the lawmaker depicted a traffic snarl up as stranded motorists including the Senator tried to navigate the dilapidated road.
The road itself was detororiated which gave credence to the argument that the lawmaker was making.
A portion of the road was utterly destroyed, resembling a river with water coursing through the damage.
This comes at a time when several parts of the country have witnessed heavy downpours after Kenya Met issued an advisory last year informing Kenyans that the country would experience El Nino rains.
Elsewhere in Kitengela, Kajiado County, several motorists were forced to drive through flooded roads, as residents blamed poor drainage systems which they said lead to water stagnation.
“There is water everywhere, we can not do business as there is water in our kiosk on our roads, and the drainage here is very bad,” Francis Kyalo a resident of Kitengela told journalists.
Kenya Met had issued an advisory cautioning Kenyans that isolated storms and heavy rainfall will be felt in parts of the highlands East of Rift Valley including Nairobi on Friday.
Regions South of the Rift Valley, some parts of the Coastal strip, and South-Eastern lowlands were also expected to experience heavy rains.
Meanwhile, the heavy rains are expected to last until April 2024.
Floods in Nairobi Kenya