Blama Road in Kenema city is becoming dangerous day by day because of its deplorable condition which has resulted in dozens of accidents involving vehicles and motorbikes.
Blama Road is one of the major thoroughfares in Kenema city stretching from the center of the city to the Wahman Abu Main Road to Bo. It is inundated with potholes that are deep enough to swallow up a wheel of a car.
Once drivers and motorist are on this road, they hardly observe traffic rules since they have to meander their ways in and out or around these deep potholes filled with rain water.
In the course of these meanderings motorists and drivers splash mud water on to pedestrians and rudely drive off without saying sorry. Most times, the victims react in quick insults with the perpetrators also responding when they hear the insults.
This situation has continued since the start of the rainy season with most passengers now refusing to be carried on the road by drivers and motorists.
“The last time I was driven through Blama Road I ended up being admitted in hospital for back ache,” a fat woman explained to this reporter.
Anyone who is driven on that road in recent times has a story to tell about his or her experience. Even those who walk along the road also have their sad experiences on a daily basis.
Sometimes last week, some members of the motor drivers’ union were seen transporting laterite stones in their vehicles to fill some of the potholes along the road, and sometimes, youths within the community also do some community work by backfilling the pot holes with mud and stone.
Some residents in Kenema district have already expressed their disgust over the poor state of the city’s main thoroughfare during radio programmes. They blame the Kenema City Council (KCC) and the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) for not doing anything to address the poor state of the Blama Road and other roads within the city.
By Saffa Moriba
Tuesday July 22, 2014