Aldina-Mikanjuni area residents in Jomvu Sub-county, Mombasa, who have been battling deplorable feeder roads have started rehabilitation works.
They said after enduring long periods of dilapidated roads they are now looking forward to a new lease of life.
They were led by Mikindani Member of the Mombasa County Assembly (MCA) Renson Thoya who said most roads in Mombasa require urgent attention.
Community activist Moris Odero said they were now full of hope and excitement as they fixed their own roads.
Odero said residents have contributed money, materials while others offered free labor to fix roads that gave them nightmares.
He condemned the county authorities for neglecting roads under their armpit saying the road infrastructure is critical to the economic activities of any society.
Another community leader Granton Mwamburi said socio-economic activities in the sub-county had worsened as people had difficulty leaving their homes, especially during the rainy season as roads become impassable.
The community leader has appealed to the county to fix their roads to ensure rapid socio-economic development.
“The feeder roads are in bad conditions making it difficult for human, vehicles, and motorcycle movements,” he said.
He said residents feel pain all over the body after using cars, motorbikes, bicycles, and other modes of transport due to the bumpy and rough roads.
He said they have been pointing out the poor condition of roads used by the residents but no action has been taken by the relevant authorities.
On his part, the MCA has mobilized lorries, graders, bulldozers and other earth-moving equipment of various sizes to help construct the roads.
Thoya commended the residents for mobilizing themselves and taking the decision to fix roads in their localities saying the move would end an era of backwardness in the affected communities.
He said the people deserved better roads to enhance their daily socio-economic activities and improve their living standards.