Jitengeni informal settlement residents in Mikindani ward, Mombasa have welcomed initiatives to open up access roads in the area.
They said before they had to walk through narrow tracks which were usually steep and dangerous, but now they will have an unimpeded road access.
The residents applauded partnership between their local Member of the county assembly Juma Renson Thoya and logistics firm Spedag interfreight saying it will improve the living conditions in the slums.
They said pregnant women will be able to access hospitals in good time during deliveries and that ambulances can reach their doorsteps with ease during medical emergencies.
Thoya said following the difficulties the locals had to endure he decided to look for support from corporate organisations in Mombasa to help in the upgrade of roads in the slums.
“I appeal to other corporate organisations to assist in the efforts of opening up access roads in the informal settlements and improve their deplorable conditions,” he noted.
He said fire engines and ambulances usually have difficulty in accessing inner slum areas in cases of disasters and called for concerted efforts in building more feeder roads.
The area MCA Renson Thoya said the slum roads upgrading projects he has initiated will cost about 3 Million shillings to improve the feeder roads from earth roads into gravel roads.
Thoya said the the gravel roads will later be upgraded into cabro roads.
[Mikindani MCA Juma Renson Thoya (in yellow reflector with Spedag Interfreight General manager Udit Rathmore. Photo/Ahmed Omar.]
Spedag interfreight General Manager Udit Rathmore said they have provided 45 trucks of gravel that have already been brought to the site adding that the effort is part of their corporate social responsibility aimed at uplifting lives of slum dwellers.
Mikindani residents lauded the local MCA’s initiative saying they were facing a lot of challenges during the rainy seasons.
The resident said during the emergencies, ambulances and fire engines could not access the slum area that is the habitat of more than 1,500 dwellers.