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Under the direction of local hero Nyaga Kinyua, the people of Kyeni South Ward in Runyenjes Constituency, Embu County, adopted a proactive and community-driven strategy and decided to fix dilapidated roads. The community decided to take a hands-on approach to solve long-standing issues of inaccessible facilities, including hospitals, due to deteriorating road conditions rather than turning to traditional protest tactics.
Nyaga Kinyua’s Domination
Regional peace ambassador Nyaga Kinyua inspired the community to support the road repair project. President William Ruto recognized Nyaga during the Madaraka Day celebrations, and she encouraged the locals to work together for the greater good. Nyaga took a fork jembe and started fixing the roads alone, despite the community’s initial resistance. Eventually, he persuaded other locals to join him.
Resolving Local Concerns
The community wanted to address the problems caused by bad road conditions that made it difficult to get necessary services. The locals took matters into their own hands, fed up with the need for more assistance from their leaders and their broken promises to inspect and fix the roads before the rainy season.
Joint Work and Beneficial Effect
Each participant received a packet of maize flour from Nyaga Kinyua as a thank-you for their combined efforts. Local officials expressed dissatisfaction, but the community didn’t let that stop them. Instead, they concentrated on enhancing the drainage system to guarantee access to essential services, including the local market, and improve road conditions.
A Note to Those Who Participate in Protests
Nyaga Kinyua used the occasion to stress the pointlessness of disruptive protests and the significance of uniting as a community to bring about constructive change. He urged locals to contribute to their ability, saying, “Public rights extend to infrastructure. Destruction in the name of protesting can only bring you misery. Jitolee, when we get together, amazing things will happen. Take action what you can.”
This community-led project in Kyeni South Ward serves as a model for other areas dealing with related problems by demonstrating the strength of teamwork and taking a proactive approach to resolving local issues.
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