Ministry of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I’s motorcade was blocked by protestors, complaining of the roadblock erected at Rironi blociking movement in and out of Limuru town, despite the area being classified under the Nairobi Metropolitan area.
The protests were staged along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway as the residents demanded the roadblock be removed in order for them to access services within Nairobi Metropolitan Area.
The angry residents demanded CS Matiang’i to address them on the issue which they claim has severely affected their livelihoods, forcing him to halt his journey monetarily to Nyandarua County.
“Why was this roadblock erected here on Friday and it was previously not here and there is another one put just a few kilometers ahead,” complained a resident.
“We can’t access Kijabe town, we can’t go to Kenyatta or even Kiambu. We have been closed at Limurua and also in Naivasha, we are now in between and we can’t move. Were we declared a COVID-19 hotspot without knowing?”, posed another resident.
Locals also claim to have been cut off from essential services such as access to specialized treatment for patients in the area.
“Medical access is a big problem, the closest hospital is Tigoni and it only has Covid-19 patients,” noted a Limuru resident.
The CS who was forced to alight and calm down the residents before he proceeded with his journey stated that the issue is being looked into.
“We are aware that the roadblocks are negatively affecting the country’s economy but we have to look into the matter diligently. The Inspector-General of Police and Kenya National Highway Authority officials are addressing the problem and you should expect changes by tomorrow,” Matiang’i told the protestors before boarding his vehicle to continue with his journey.
Matiang’i was on his way to Nyandarua County where he was to link up with Health CS Mutahi Kagwe and Water CS Sicily Kariuki to inspect national government development projects and programs and hosted by Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia.
On a working tour of Nyandarua County to inspect Government projects and programs accompanied by colleagues CS Mutahi Kagwe and CS Sicily Kariuki and our host, Governor Francis Kimemia. pic.twitter.com/Ih9v02X9EZ
— Dr. Fred Matiang’i (@FredMatiangi) June 15, 2020