Like most African countries, Kenya has no dustbin for old cars. That is mainly the case because recycling obsolete vehicles is not an option. Rising cases of abandoned vehicles in Kisii County is alarming.
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A lack of a recognized scrap yard and car dumpsite has forced several property owners to designate an extra space for their ageing fleet. The situation is only getting worse within Kisi County where damaged cars hardly attract willing buyers.
Abandoned vehicles in Kisii County
A good number of abandoned cars within Kisii County are extinct brands such as Peugeot, Hyundai, Volvo, and Ford Escort.
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These are the most dominant in affluent Kisii homesteads which were lucky to own cars in the 20th century.
These once best seller cars are no longer road worthy but play toys without crucial spare parts in the Kenyan market.
Dumped Kisii County government vehicles
A garage of at least 10 fossilized Kisii County vehicles have been lying behind Ongwae’s office and next to Mwalimu International Hotel for some years now.
These include run down personal cars, tractors, and lorries. Their rusty surfaces, deflated tires, and cracked windscreens are hardly visible because of the overlying green cover.
Some sources allege that these defunct vehicles were discarded about a decade ago by the Kisii County government.
A forest of grass has since made these vehicles a hideout of rodents and a no go zone for passersby.
Standing within a close range are county offices and the Kisii Boda Boda head office.
To the upper part of a perimeter walled zone is a newly built multi-storey Kisii County Assembly building.
The general impression of this central business district property turned into a dumpsite is not impressive.
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Abandoned vehicles in Kisii County include costly government automobiles. The manner of disposal is unsafe considering there is an option of auctioning unserviceable motor vehicles.