Residents of Dongo Kundu Kisiwani in Dabaso ward of Kilifi County have known as for the completion of a one-kilometer picket footbridge (board stroll) that hyperlinks the island to the mainland.
The about 500 residents mentioned the stalled bridge that was being undertaken by the County Authorities of Kilifi had made them undergo as they transfer out and in of the island in quest of primary facilities similar to water and training for his or her kids.
They mentioned though they welcomed the venture, it had taken up the one path they had been utilizing to cross to and from the island and its continued stalling was making life laborious, particularly for his or her kids who must cross to the mainland to the Dongokundu Main College.
Journalists needed to wade via sea water via a slender path inside a thick mangrove forest to succeed in the island the place residents had been getting ready to bury one in every of their very own, whose physique that they had needed to transport utilizing velocity boats via Kirepwe island.
Mr. Titus Kazungu Koi alias Tito mentioned for the reason that logs had been created on the water and rafters put throughout them, the residents’ actions had been hampered and it had develop into troublesome and tedious to make use of the trail.
“We’ve to bend down after each two meters as we wade via the trail and carrying items is nearly unattainable. We’re interesting to our leaders to make sure that this venture is accomplished,” mentioned Tito.
He mentioned that as an alternative of the board stroll, the county authorities ought to take into account constructing a everlasting footbridge in an effort to allow the residents to stroll via with ease.
He mentioned since there have been no faculties inside the island, college kids had been compelled to stroll via the mangrove forest every day, a harmful expedition for the reason that different path is stuffed with stumps that often left them with wounds on their toes.
“All kids are compelled to cross to Dongokundu Main College every day and the youthful ones must be carried by their moms to and from the varsity and this can be a nice problem to us,” he mentioned.
Ms Elizabeth Kadzo Koi mentioned other than taking their kids to high school every day, girls had been compelled to hold water containers via the identical path every day for the reason that island is confronted with a extreme water shortage.
“We’re interesting to the county authorities to both full this venture or take away the logs it has erected within the water because it has blocked our solely path,” mentioned Ms Koi including, “At any time when we enterprise into the water, we come out with sores on our toes.”
She mentioned the residents had been higher off with out the logs and urged the county authorities to both take away them or construct a everlasting foot bridge for them, sentiments that had been echoed by Elizabeth Sidi Kazungu.
Space Member of County Meeting Emmanuel Changawa confirmed that the venture was launched in 2021 and was progressing nicely till funding was eliminated via a supplementary funds following the set up of a brand new county administration.
“This venture had been allotted funds within the 2022/2023 monetary 12 months however when the brand new county administration got here, the funds had been reallocated to different tasks via a supplementary funds,” he mentioned.
He known as on the County Government Committee Member for Roads and Public Works to make sure funds are allotted for the completion of the venture whilst he advocated for the development of a everlasting construction.
“As a consultant of the folks of Dabaso and as an in my oversight function, I want to inform the chief to make sure that all residents of Kilifi County benefit from the fruits of devolution,” he mentioned.
By Emmanuel Masha and Redempta Gaceri