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Garissa residents take to the streets over Killer road

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Garissa residents protesting over accidents along Garissa – Wajir road

By Abdiweli Aden

Traffic along the Garissa – Wajir road was paralyzed for a few hours on saturday after area residents blocked the road protesting over loss of lives along the busy highway.

In the most recent accident, a military truck ran over two people at the livestock market junction on Thursday evening.

The protests caught mororists unawares causing a long queue as residents engaged police in running battles.

Several people lost their lives along the road especially at the livestock market junction.

Most affected were women, school going children and traders in the livestock market.

Matutus plying the route drop and pick passengers at the junction which is not a designated Matatu stage.

Prominent Muslim preacher Sheikh Amey says that the livestock market is frequented by people from the countryside who are not conversant with traffic rules.

As a result most of them are run over by vehicles while attempting to cross the road.

He called on the concerned authorities to deploy traffic officers in the area and bar matatu from picking and dropping passengers at the junction.

Protesters also want bumps erected and zebra crossing marked on the road at the soko ngombe junction.

On the same note, top county Government officials led by the County Executive In-charge of Roads and public works, Mr. Ahmed Aden Hire and officials of KENHA yesterday held a public baraza in the area.

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Mr. Hire addressing the public at the livestock market junction along Garissa – Wajir highway

The team sent their condolences to those who lost their loved ones and promised to immediately come up with measures that will curb the increasing accidents along the road.

 

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