A family in Bumula constituency, Syekumulo area is appealing for help from Bungoma County Government after their son drowned while crossing River Mayanja.
The family has petitioned the government to construct the better bridge along River Mayanja, which has become a danger to lives during this rainy season.
“It is a sad morning to learn that Gabriel Mwangala Juma who was swept away by the flood while crossing River Mayanja from Mwomo,” said a statement from the family.
“This year we also lost a young man from Syekumulo who was swept away from the same bridge. These bridges are very low and can overflow with little rain. Our people underestimate the strength of the current and they end up being swept away.”
The family also faulted the government for failing to prioritize the river despite earlier complains, registering their bitterness on the matter.
” If funds are available we should call for proper utilisation to serve us.” Said a post on Bumula Oversight Group.
The river has claimed many lives with locals now blaming the government for failure to construct a bridge that can guarantee residents safety. The raging rains have caused havoc to lives and it’s a wake up call to the County Government to offer sustainable solutions.
Many bridges along river Mayanja starting from Tulumba, Mwomo, Myanga bridges are all risky and claiming lives of the locals. This is despite the Governor claiming that the County has constructed many bridges in 3 years.
Bumula locals across social media have expressed disappointment by the County Government for failing to construct bridges and roads that has really affected mobility and claimed lives of many now. They are calling upon Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, Roads CEC Collins Mukhongo and Chief Officer Maurice Marango to offer solutions not words and promises.
The victim is an elder brother to Bumula Youth leader and health practitioner Evans Juma.
“Thanks bros. My brother has been retrieved from the river and certified death. Shine on your way brother Gabriel till we meet in paradise.” Said Evans Juma.