When the devolution took effect in the year 2013 many thought it had come to save the common Mwnanchi. However 7 years down the line residents in various parts of the country are yet to see the fruits of devolution.
This probably can be attributed to the failed leadership by the elected representatives of the poor Wanjiku, despite them paying huge taxes to the government. These frustrations have seen the residents especially those living upcountry taking responsibilities of their elected leaders.
The Insider has come across desperate villagers of kyogoti in Chuka Igambangombe sub county, Tharakanithi County renovating feeder roads after efforts to reach their leaders failed.
Speaking to Insider, the residents working under the scorching sun said that the road connecting Kajuki-Kamugaa and Kairini has been there since time immemorial but surprisingly it has never been opened up. “Our founding fathers used this route long ago to carry out their trading activities. It is surprising that up to date the facility has remained the same since then making it impassable”, observed Mutwiri one of the residents.
They revealed to Insider that they are forced to mull through untold distress when their loved ones pass on as they are forced to trek for kilometers carrying the coffin since the road is not motorable. The women in labour are not either spared. One resident explained an ordeal where a pregnant woman was forced to deliver on the way since she had no means to get to the nearest health facility.
Kyogoti village is not only ailing from poor infrastructure but also domestic water is a great challenge. The Insider learnt that they only depend on water from River Naka which cuts along to the furthest end. This makes it difficult for them to access the scarce commodity as one has to travel kilometers for the drop of life.
What surprises is the fact the river has been perennially drying during the hot months of August and September. With no passable roads the poor residents are always left with no alternative but to buy water from vendors.
With this kind of misery, it is a shameful thing and a challenge to all elected leaders to rise to the occasion and help their voters out. We can’t even be optimistic of achieving the vision 2030 if at this 21st century we have Kenyans living in abject poverty.
One may tend to wonder how for instance students from this place are maneuvering through the hardships during this period that students are studying from home. With no fresh water, no power connectivity and with no infrastructure in general, the constituents must living in hell like a place.
This being just a replica of what the poor Mwananchi is going through in various parts of the country, one must agree with me that leaders need to up their game and realize the interests of those who elected them. Otherwise the fruits of devolution are yet to be felt in some regions.