The National, Wednesday March 12th, 2014
By ZACHERY PER
AFTER 20 years of being cut-off, about 5,000 people of Sambuglawauku tribes, in Kerowagi, Chimbu, will soon have a road to transport coffee and garden produce to markets.
Kerowagi MP Camilus Dangma came to their rescue after he engaged the Kerowagi Works and Industrial Division plant equipment to upgrade 5km of road from Kerowagi town to Mondadrugl, in Dirbombai area, where bulk of the people live.
Public relations officer for the road and Assembly of God (AOG) Church Pastor Joshua Kewe said that people were faced with extreme difficulties in transporting their produce, coffee and basic supplies for schools and health centres.
Kewe said when the road that linked them into Kerowagi town was left to deteriorate, people were disadvantaged. “God has touched the hearts of our Member of Parliament (MP) Camilus Dangma who is now putting machines and equipment into the area to maintain our road that will connect us to Kerowagi town where normal services will be restored,” Kewe said.
He recalled that without an accessible road, they had carried a kit-house for a classroom in the area on their shoulders and pregnant mothers gave birth on the road and under shelters.
“We lost a good number of mothers and unborn babies when we could not take to them to the Kerowagi Hospital,” Kewe said.
He said the road into the Mondadrugl area was initially constructed by then provincial member John Kiangua.
When he lost the elections, the road was neglected for 20 years.
Dangma inspected the road over the weekend.