DISRUPTION OF BUSINESS

Fears of business closure in Lari as road expansion sets to begin

Curio shops and hospital are among areas that will be affected

In Summary
  • The Lari subcounty residents are concerned vast number of businesses will be affected.
  • Kenha director-general Peter Mundinia says expansion project will help decongest the Rironi-Mau Summit road.
Residents of Rukuma in Lari constituency discuss the design of the road at a mobile phone app on Tuesday.
Residents of Rukuma in Lari constituency discuss the design of the road at a mobile phone app on Tuesday.
Image: GEORGE MUGO
A Rukuma resident and a trader Wallace Gitau popularly known as "Kabogoro" speaking to journalists on Tuesday.
A Rukuma resident and a trader Wallace Gitau popularly known as "Kabogoro" speaking to journalists on Tuesday.
Image: GEORGE MUGO
A view of Rukuma trading center on Tuesday.
A view of Rukuma trading center on Tuesday.
Image: GEORGE MUGO
A view of Rukuma trading center on Tuesday.
A view of Rukuma trading center on Tuesday.
Image: GEORGE MUGO

Residents of Rukuma in Lari are a worried lot following fears of business closure to pave the way for road construction.

They raised concerns after Kenya National Highways Authority erected beacons indicating the measurements of the expansion of the Rironi-Mau Summit road.

The locals fear that earthmovers might start demolishing their businesses.

Wallace Gitau, a resident, says Lari Level 4 Hospital, curio shops and the area around the local cemetery are among those to be affected.

“Our trading centre is on one line. It is straight and the beacons have been placed behind all businesses, meaning when the road construction starts, all businesses will be demolished,” he said.

 Wachira wa Gathinji, another resident, appealed to local leaders to intervene. 

“This is a trading centre where the government earns revenue from. We have shops, hotels, bars, green groceries and curio shops that attract local and international tourists,” he said.

Kenha director-general Peter Mundinia said the Rironi-Mau Summit road will be expanded as the road is being used by many vehicles.

The project lies along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, which starts from Mombasa and connects the country to neighbouring countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the Central Africa Republic. 

edited by Amol Awuor