Clogged Drainages Flood Red Light Market

first_imgHundreds of marketers close to the Kakata bound side of the road in Paynesville Red Light could not easily find their way to sell after being driven by flood, caused by heavy downpours of rain last Saturday, June 3.The cause of the flood in that upland area is attributed to dumping of dirt in the drainages along the road; drainages on the road have been filled with garbage that water does not freely flow.As the flood rose and the marketers lost space to sell, some men were compelled to get into the drainage with long sticks to remove the objects blocking the free flow of water.At the same time, others were seen in the flood trying to locate the blocked hole on the other side to allow the water to flow.Since parts of Monrovia began experiencing floods this rainy season, this is the first time the Red Light market has encountered flood that caused marketers to be forced out of their selling spots for hours at a time.As a result of the flood, sellers took to the main road to continue their business activities.Vehicles collecting passengers from Red Light bound for various locations including the hinterland could not easily find their way out as marketers took the entire road with their goods.Red Light is one of the filthy areas near Monrovia where street vendors and residents randomly and recklessly dump dirt on the main road without regard for passing vehicles and people.As the Chinese road construction company, CICO repairs the road and makes a concrete trough on the right side to allow free flow of water; marketers still dump dirt in the waterway thus halting the flow of water.Besides, vendors spread their goods right by the side where vehicles are supposed to park or people should pass.The Liberia National Police officers assigned there occasionally try to restrict the vendors from selling near the road, but they (police) are challenged while some reportedly receive money to relax the restriction.Meanwhile, the government of Liberia with support from the Sirleaf Market Women Fund has begun constructing a market complex in the Omega Community to relocate Red Light marketers.When completed, it is certain that vendors at Red Light will have a place to sell as they have always dwelt on lack of space for relocation as a reason for being intransigent to government’s removal order.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wanyama backs Okumbi to steer Kenya to AFCON 2019

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi issuing instructions while on training.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 8- Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama has called on football stakeholders to rally behind coach Stanley Okumbi with the team now shifting attention to qualifying for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.Okumbi’s appointment as the new national team coach on February 23 replacing former Uganda Cranes tactician Bobby Williamson was met with a lot of criticism especially with the former Mathare United head coach having had no other prior national team experience. Wanyama, who has termed the criticism as ‘harsh’ on the youthful coach believes the recent positive results posted by the team have vindicated the Okumbi’s appointment.“I think the criticism levelled on the coach when he took over was a bit harsh and most people never trusted him. But with the results the team has had in the recent past, he has shown he is the right man for the job and it is about time we give him the support,” Wanyama told Capital Sport.Okumbi started his tenure with twin losses against Guinea Bissau, ending Stars’ hopes of making it to the 2017 African Cup of Nations and building further doubt on his abilities to handle the national team pressure.But he managed to win support his way when he steered the team to a 2-1 victory over Congo Brazzaville in the penultimate AFCON qualification match, coming on the backdrop of two draws against Tanzania and Sudan in international friendlies.Last Tuesday’s 1-0 win away to African giants DR Congo was further testament of Stars’ rise, coming after two draws against Uganda and Zambia.“These friendly matches are very important in building any team and over time, we have seen the progress we have made. The Congo win was massive for the players and the team and it is what we have been missing for a long time,” said Wanyama.The team’s target will now be inclined into qualification for the 2019 AFCON with Wanyama firmly believing the boys will fly the Kenyan flag in Africa’s top competition after last doing so in 2004.“That is our target now and it is achievable if the momentum we have picked is anything to go by. It is the ambition of everyone in the team to make it there and the good blend of youth and experience we have is the right ingredient to steer us there. It is possible,” the combative midfielder added.The Football Kenya Federation said it will be planning two other friendly matches for the team before the year ends.More local based players are expected to be given playing time with Okumbi having one eye set on the end of year CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and another on the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) to be hosted in Kenya.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more