Emanikor calls for roads repair - The Star

2015-08-01
Article published by The Star on 20th July, 2015
Turkana women's representative Joyce Emanikor has threatened to mobilise residents against the construction of Turkana- Lamu oil pipeline unless the government prioritises road network in the county. [caption id="attachment_322" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Listen to us: Turkana women's rep Joyce Emanikor and Loima MP Ewesit Akuja at Safari Park Hotel on April 11, 2013. Listen to us: Turkana women's rep Joyce Emanikor and Loima MP Ewesit Akuja at Safari Park Hotel on April 11, 2013.[/caption] Emanikor yesterday told the Star that poor road network in the area is more dangerous to the lives of the residents than the banditry attacks. "This road should precede the construction of the proposed pipeline or else the Turkana community will not allow it to go on," Emanikor said. The legislator appealed to the national government to hasten the construction of the Kitale-Lokichogio road, which she said had greatly contributed to the death of people. "We just buried seven people last week in Kokuro and Meyan in Turkana North who perished in a grisly accident on the Lodwar- Kakuma road. We can’t afford to continue witnessing people dying on the roads every other day and its business as usual to the government," she said. She said the road has become a major killer through accidents and banditry attacks because vehicles are forced to slow down, giving room for the attackers to strike. This, she said has affected and made it impossible for business and investments to thrive in the area. "If Turkana is part of Kenya then we deserve the same services as the rest of Kenyans," Emanikor said.