Hundreds of residents from Moiben Sub-County , Monday peacefully protested the closure of the Kapmukono-Birika road, expressing frustration and seeking its immediate reopening. The demonstrators allege that the road, a vital artery for the community, was unlawfully fenced off and claimed by private individuals.
Residents voiced concerns about the significant impact the road closure has had on their daily lives and livelihoods. David Kiptel, a community spokesperson, highlighted the disruption to essential services like electricity, stating, “The closure of this road has deprived us of basic necessities like access to power lines, creating significant hardship for residents.”
Musa Tanui, another resident, emphasized the economic challenges faced by farmers due to the lack of access roads to transport their produce to markets. “Without this road, transporting our crops becomes incredibly difficult, leading to financial losses and impacting our ability to support our families,” he lamented.
However, Samuel Koskei, a victim of the demonstrations, appealed for restraint, citing that the matter is pending in court awaiting a verdict. He added, “The demonstrators have resorted to cutting down some of my trees and breaking my fence, exacerbating an already volatile situation.”
While expressing their frustration, community leaders stressed the importance of finding a peaceful resolution to the issue. They urged authorities to intervene and facilitate a dialogue with the individuals who have claimed the road to explore a solution that upholds the community’s right to access and ensures fair and legal proceedings.
Adding to the community’s disappointment, the anticipated visit by the Land and Environment Court judge to the scene on January 19, 2024, unfortunately, did not take place. This further fueled frustrations, prompting the peaceful protest.
Residents in Moiben Sub-County remain hopeful for a swift and just resolution to the Kapmukono-Birika road closure. They continue to advocate for peaceful dialogue and urge authorities to take necessary steps to address their concerns and ensure the road’s reopening, restoring vital access and alleviating the economic and social hardships faced by the community.