Transport stalled for over seven hours along Kathwana-Mitunguu road as rowdy Tunyai residents barricaded the facility at a point known as kwa Kanesa while they engaged police in running battles.
Residents said the point of the road turned out to be a black spot where a week can hardly go without an accident occurring at the point. However, today’s demos were triggered by yesterday’s accident where a probox hit a motorbike with 5 passengers aboard badly injuring them.
According to John Kiura Mugao a father of one the boys aboard the motorbike, the six involved are Newton Nyaga(his son), Mwiti Kimathi, Bosco Matata(rider), Mwendwa Ngunku, Mwaniki Celina and Muteti Carol.
Mwaniki Celina and Carol Muteti are both admitted at a hospital in Nkubu the other four are admitted at S.t Onsora Matiri hospital.
Peter Njeru a resident attributed the accidents to lack of bumps on the section of the road making motorists speed risking the lives of other road users.”From Tunyai to Sokomjinga area a stretch of about 5 kilometers has no bumps erected thus giving the motorist a chance to Overspeed which has been resulting to these deaths here,” Njeru told NewsFlash 254
He further revealed that the spot has claimed over 50 lives with last month only, two children having died on the spot after being bit by a speeding motorist.
The charged residents demanded temporary bumps erected on the identified points to reduce the rampant accident that has been happening.
A plea from the one David kariuki an inspector from Kenha to have the high way opened fell on deaf ears as the residents said all they wanted is bumps.
It took the efforts of Tunyai OCS Mr. Mohamed Mwakio and Tharaka South OCPD, Mr. Kiprop Ruto, to contain the demonstrations which ran from around 8 am in the morning to 3 pm in the evening.
Mr Mwakio warned the residents against vandalizing people’s property as this don’t guarantee their grievances being heard but they could face the law for their criminal acts.” The road user are not the ones that have caused the accidents here and therefore the issue of hurling stones at them cannot be torelated as that is a criminal act,” said Mwakio
Victor Juma the resident engineer from Masika limited company that is maintaining Mitunguu-Chiakariga road B65, apologized for the situation and promised to organize for the erection of bumps on the points. To cool the residents, Juma organized for temporary bumps which will be on use for the time being before the permanent ones are erected.