Impassable Kanyama roads anger residents

THE delay by Government and the relevant authorities to work on the roads in Kanyama compound has continued to worry residents who have charged that the situation is contributing to high rate accidents in the area.

The residents said that the roads had become impassable especially now that it was raining season.

They claimed that the poor state of roads had hindered any development in the area.

Potiphar Nyirenda a resident of Kanyama said that the delays by concerned stakeholders to work on the roads would result in a rise in number of road traffic accidents.

Mr. Nyirenda said that the roads in the area were extremely bad and were slowing down development in the area.

He said that roads were key to development in any area and that was why the government has embarked on constructing of roads countrywide because it fully understood their contribution to economic development.

‘’Kanyama will remain under developed unless our MP and other stakeholders realize that development starts with good roads especially in a time like this when it is always raining,

“Our roads are bad and when it rains they are worse. We have raised complaints in the past and nothing has been done but we are hoping that this time around our leaders can reason with us and understand why we need good roads’’, he said.

Mr. Nyirenda said that if constructed the roads would enable the residents to move freely and to conduct their businesses without any hindrance.

And Hilda Moonde another resident of Kanyama said that motorists found it difficult to drive on bad roads and that was why the area was experiencing many road traffic accidents.

‘’We fear for our children, because of the bad state of the roads we do not know when the vehicle would sway and run into children playing in the streets,

“ The roads are so bad that motorists are forced to change lanes from time to time and in the process knock down as they try to avoid pot holes,’’ she said.

But last month Kanyama area Member of Parliament Colonel Gerry Chanda said that the people should not be crying for the roads because they did not feed on the roads.

Col Chanda was reported to have said that roads were not a priority because people could still survive with bad roads.



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