Pedestrians crossing a bridge in downtown Nairobi. PHOTO | COURTESYPedestrians crossing a bridge in downtown Nairobi. PHOTO | COURTESY
By FRANCIS NDERITU

There was uproar on Thursday after images emerged showing pedestrians risking their lives and losing human dignity while crossing a bridge in downtown Nairobi.

City residents getting into town through Racecourse Road were caught unawares as the early morning rains rendered parts of the road near Kariokor roundabout impassable as a result of flooding due to poor drainage.

The affected residents were mainly from Eastleigh, Kariokor, Pangani and its environs.

The pedestrians were forced to use the external side of the bridge by holding onto the barriers and stepping on some huge water pipes that run across the bridge.

RISKY MANEUVER

They not only risked injuries if they fell into the river but also the effects of the murky and polluted waters of Nairobi River.

The situation was made worse as most vehicles sped down the road splashing pedestrians with mud water.

Pictures of the risky maneuver were shared on social media touching off protests.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko said he had sent a team to unclog the section and make it user-friendly for pedestrians.