Traffic jam along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. Governor Joho has appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and repair the road in Taru to reduce the traffic snarl ups. [/hivisasa.com ]
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and end traffic jams along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway.
In a statement to newsrooms on Thursday, Joho said the traffic jams witnessed at the Mariakani weigh bridge, Taru, Mackinon road and Meli Kubwa has negatively affected business in Mombasa town and in extension the Coast region.
“The situation will definitely ground us even further if President Uhuru Kenyatta does not intervene to quell the situation,” Joho said.
He said the traffic jams had affected operations at the Port of Mombasa with containers destined to the hinterland piling at the port by the way.
The busy Nairobi-Mombasa highway on Tuesday night experienced a long queue of vehicles stretching several kilometres ai Taru with motorists spending more than 48 hours on the road.
The traffic jam that lasted for 19 hours was caused by unfinished work along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway in Taru.
Joho said vegetable vendors and traders at the famous Kongowea market were forced to close their businesses after vehicles supplying sukuma wiki, cabbages, tomatoes, potatoes among other fresh farm produce got stuck in the traffic snarl up in Taru.
The Governor said the perennial traffic jams between the two major cities in the country had affected business and the President should intervene to quell the situation following delayed construction work in Taru.