By The Coast Newspaper Reporter
Transport activities have been grounded after rains swept away several sections of the road heading to Lazima, Mwina, Bubesa and Sailoni villages in Tana River County.
Residents are forced to walk in mud terrains to access their villages following an overflow of water from River Tana which broke its banks.
The roads are impassable hence forcing them to spend more hours walking to their villages than it used to be before the rains.
Motorbikes operators are harvesting thousands of money as they are reported to have hiked the fare to these interior villages after motorists abandoned the routes.
Former Garsen Member of Parliament Danson Mungatana was not spared either for he was also forced to walk for a long distance to reach the villages so as to conduct his campaigns.
In his rallies Mungatana castigated the incumbent Tana River Governor Hussein Dhado for allegations of neglecting the area.
Mungatana said despite the area being a food basket for Tana River County there are no meaningful roads that connect the villages to the main road which could help farmers to transport their produce to the market with easy.
"These areas are part of the most productive areas in the County and the Country at large but I cannot understand as to why the governor has looked down upon the roads heading to these villages" Mungatana said in a public rally.
The former Garsen legislator who was soaked in mud as he got stuck several before deciding to track had no kind words for his opponent.
“You cannot receive billions of shillings from the exchequer on behalf of Tana River people and refuse to offer even basic services like roads: Mungatana said
The area is said to have been used by the Tana River Development Authority TARDA for irrigation purposes long before it closed down its activities due to unspecified reasons.
“We used to get rice, bananas, sugarcane and many more products from these areas and even now the production is still high only that farmers have turned to subsistence farming after the irrigation scheme collapsed. Mungatana added.
In his campaign message the former assistant minister pledged to initiate small scale irrigation schemes, build more feeder roads that will help open up the areas for the locals to conduct agribusiness activities to sustain their livelihoods.
Mungatana who is contesting for the Tana River gubernatorial seat on a Kenya Patriots Party KPP ticket further accused Dhado’s government claiming that he failed to set aside even a single cent to finance at least a single project for the area
He drummed support for Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and urged locals not to vote for governor Dhado who joined to Jubilee party the other day.
He added that the governor joined Jubilee so as to cause confusion which forced him to join KPP.
Dhado is among the CORD governors who decamped to Jubilee party recently another one being his Kwale Counterpart governor Salim Mvurya.