Narok Senator Ledama Olekina has pleaded with the Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen to build a bridge on the road linking Narok and Tanzania or upgrade the road all together.
The Senator recorded a video early morning on Saturday, January 13, after spending the entire night stranded by the roadside alongside other motorists.
Ledama recounted events leading up to the situation noting that they could not drive through the road after it was marooned floods following heavy rainfall, forcing them to wait by the roadside.
“This is where I spent the night. This is the road that connects Narok County and the republic of Tanzania and the road that passes through the home of the Cabinet Secretary for Environment Soipan Tuya.
“I am appealing to you to consider building a huge bridge here even before upgrading this rod to better standards. Please Kipchumba Murkomen consider upgrading this road. Build a bridge here so that motorists can easily pass across to the other side when it rains,” he stated.
Ledama Wades the Dangerous Flooded Road
After recording the video message, the Senator got into his vehicle and decided to drive through the flooded water as other motorists and residents stood by.
Before he drove through however, some of the locals were ween trying to ease the situation by adding sand onto the flooded road.
The Senator was on official duties in the area when it rained heavily making the road impassable.
“We crossed the road yesterday when we were going around Narok County to see whether projects have been completed by Narok County government. We actually found that most of them had not been done,” he added.
Murkomen on Fixing Roads Affected by Floods
In March 2024, Murkomen promised that his ministry would put in place measures to help manage the effects of floods on Kenyan roads.
Specifically, he addressed flooding on Nairobi County Roads every time it rained.
He also instructed the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to immediately unclog drainage systems along Mombasa Road and other affected areas.
“We have already enlisted the services of contractors to begin repair works along Mombasa Road, which was badly damaged when the Expressway was being constructed,” he stated.
However, in January 5, Sajaka’s leadership was put on the spot after traffic disruption was experienced along key roads like Jogoo Road and Waiyaki Way following heavy rains the previous night.
The water from blocked drainage systems had filled the stretches, irking motorists and pedestrians plying the roads.