Speaking to Citizen TV on Tuesday, December 7, Ngilu first pointed the accusing finger at the contractor of the bridge stating that he did a shoddy job resulting in the mass loss of lives.
Clarifying on who is tasked with the construction of the bridge, the outspoken governor made it clear that the national government is undertaking the works through the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA).
"I'm told that the work had been assigned a few years back and the contractor did a shoddy job and left. But right now the national government has taken this work again and this is the work of KeRRA. I believe this is the last time this will happen," Ngilu stated.
The Kitui Governor noted that the slow pace in constructing a proper bridge in the area has also been as a result of River Enziu being a seasonal river meaning that it is always forgotten during the dry season.
"The county government focuses on local roads and not major roads. The county only deals with the village-to-village connection roads," she noted.
On the lives lost during the tragic accident, Ngilu assured the families that the national government is going to offer support them through the Ministry of Interior under the docket of disaster management.
The reconstruction, she noted, will help in averting future disasters and offer a permanent solution to the flooding problem.
In 2018, five people lost their lives in the same River after they were swept away by flash floods after river broke its banks following heavy rains.
In the same year, four people who were heading for burial were swept by the floods on the same river making the locals re-name it the dark spot.
“Do not cross the river when the water is above your knees, it could sweep you to your death," Mwingi East Sub County Police Commander, Joseph Yakan, was quoted as saying in 2019.
However, having no other alternative residents have been compelled to continue using the same bridge risking their lives.
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