It is hard to believe that Sierra Leone, despite having ministries of works housing and infrastructure and transport and Aviation, and agencies such as Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA), among others, could still not have roads in one of its major cities well paved. These authorities have continued to pay little or no attention to repairing and maintaining the roads in the Kenema Township.
With the rapid deterioration of some major roads across the country, one must question the seriousness of institutions charged with constructing and maintaining these roads. Simply, these institutions need renewed vigour. In the wake of the raining season, proactive efforts have to be made to safeguard the life of road users.
The deplorable sate of roads in Kenema does not Kenema does not only remind us of the government aloofness to the plight of its citizens, but also serves as reflection of the much-touted campaign promises during electioneering year.
Kenema, the headquarters of Eastern Sierra Leone, is undoubtedly rich in human and mineral resources, but its roads are in a deplorable state.
The countless potholes and irritating detours that decorate Kenema roads leave motorists to face difficulties in a city known as the ‘wise man’s land ‘
These detours have turned out to be death traps.
For example, Blama road which connects the Bo Kenema highway and Hangha road has huge craters. It has not witnessed any major repair for the past 20 years.
The Government has ignored pleas from residents and road users to get the death trap repaired.
Maxwell Khobe street which hosts the city’s most important buildings in the city including the Resident Minister’s office, the criminal Investigation Department (CID), the regional police headquarter, the main fisheries market, the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO), Mines Monitoring Office, NASSIT, the Education Office, District Forest Division (DFD) office and many others.
In spite of the presence of all these, the street remains deplorable even as officials of these important offices ply the street on a daily basis.
As I said earlier Blama road is virtually not motorable as riders and drivers are now damaged Hotaguan street again to pave there movements.
Kenema Blama road resembles a mining site with uncountable deep potholes.
Residents of the city are are blaming the council for what they say is ‘gross negligence, and “disregard for the concerns of the people”
Many are casting blames on the current Mayor JS Keifala as he has distanced himself from the central government.
They say they have raised concerns with the city Authorities at several forums but that those concerns have not been heeded to.
The people are alarmed at the “discomfort” potholes are to them the Kenema environs.
As we are very close to the local council elections in the country, where people will be allowed to exercise there franchise.
Kenema people are very much dissapointed and dissatisfied with the current leadership style of JS Keifala and that they are yearning for change.
Many have asked who are to be considered as the right successor to replace him comes 2018.
It has been a topic of discussions in most places around the city about this possible suitor.
But after going through some needed observations in evaluating the intending mayoral aspirants In Kenema, many names has come up but as citizens of Kenema the people didn’t want to repeat the past error in giving out symbols to someone who can’t seek their interest.
Delegates across Kenema has maintained trust in one man who may tipped to be the right candidate among all others.
This man is Foday M. Sesay who has been admired by residents across the township.
His vision for development and respect he has for humans counts a lot.
He has real plans to transform Kenema City as other cities around the country.
He is a man with honour and integrity, a leader who has the ideas for development.
The man that can turn the potholes to a well tared roads.
Ladies and Gentlemen of Kenema City, let us all give our support to Foday M. Sesay.
©Mamadu Sallieu Barrie
(M. S Barrie)