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Maragua and Gatundu’s latest multi-billion projects as Uhuru struggles to regain area’s support

It is often said that whenever two elephants fight, it is the grass which is trampled on that sufferers. However, something of the reverse is currently going on in the Mount Kenya region.

While the president is set to commission a market, a sports ground and a port in Nyanza over the coming couple of days, something interesting is happening in his backyard.

As the president and his camp, unofficially known as Kieleweke, currently embroiled in a political war with rivals aligned to the DP, and known popularly as tanga tanga continue with their power struggles, it seems like it is the ordinary mwananchi from Central who is reaping the benefits.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s village, Ichaweri, is set to benefit from a Sh11 billion project that will upgrade sections of the motorway that connects Kiambu Road to Thika Highway to dual carriage.

The national highways agency has started design work on the 62-kilometre road that is set for completion by June 2022—two months before the end of Mr Kenyatta’s second and final term.

The road runs from Kiambu Road through Kirigiti, Ngewa, Ichaweri, Gatundu and Mangu to Thika highway, according to the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).

Ichaweri, a small village along Kenyatta Road in Gatundu South, is the rural home of two of Kenya’s presidents – the incumbent and his father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

“The government has earmarked funds through the development vote for use in engaging the consultancy services to undertake preliminary and detailed engineering design, environmental and social impact study, preliminary and detailed engineering design of Kiambu – Ngewa –Kibichoi (B30) Road,” says an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report seeking approval of the project.

Previously, the tanga tanga area leaders led by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria had led an onslaught on the president, accusing him of neglect despite it being his home area, and them voting overwhelmingly for him.
The upgrade is split into five divisions. The 12-kilometre stretch from Kiambu Road to Ngewa will be made dual carriage while the 36-kilometre route from Ngewa to Gatundu through Ichaweri and Mangu will be single carriage.

In the meantime, residents of Maragua in Murang’a county are also set to benefit from a mega water project worth 800m shillings.

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    Written by Joshua Wanga

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