The National, Wednesday 5th June 2013
PEOPLE in Upper Mendi, Lower Lai and Karinzare are celebrating the construction of new roads to their districts.
More than 40,000 people in Upper Mendi, Southern Highlands, watched with joy last week when an excavator and other machines moved in to start the work.
An excavator bought recently by the Mendi-Munhiu district moved into Ekari village to develop a new limestone quarry to fix feeder roads in the district.
Community leader Luke Liwa told The National the people were excited when they saw the machines arrive.
“We have suffered because of bad road condition because our past MPs forgot the 40,000 people living in Upper Mendi and didn’t bother to fix our road,” Liwa said.
He said the new quarry would help fix the Mendi-Tambul section of the road and other feeder roads in Lower Lai and Karinz.
He said the Polomada quarry near Mendi town was about 15km away and it was expensive to pay a dump truck bring two to three trips every day.
The new quarry at Ekari village should allow up to five trips an hour.
Tomba Puyu, a village chief from Mogol, said he was over 70 years old and it was the first time he had seen such a machine.
He said he, his tribesmen and others built the Mendi-Tambul road with their bare hands.