Kiambu gubernatorial hopeful Ferdinand Waititu seems to have started on wrong footing; this is after creating a traffic diversion road on private land at Chania bridge opposite Blue Post hotel on Tuesday this week. The Kabete legislator accompanied by his Thika town colleague Alice Ng’ang’a moved into land with earthmovers and their supporters and curved a 300 meters road along river Chania.
The action by the two legislators who were accompanied by other Kiambu leaders was meant to ease traffic snarl up in and out of Thika town. Motorists using the superhighway have been forced to spend more than an hour when they reach Thika due to the heavy traffic.
Waititu accused Kabogo of ignoring the plight of Thika residents and who pays the highest revenue in Kiambu County. Alice Ng’ang’a welcomed the move saying though it’s a temporary solution it will ease traffic congestion in Thika
Dancun Macharia and Njiiri Kariuki who were called by friends when their land was invaded said that they have valid documents to show that the land belongs to them. This contrary to what the leaders said that the area where the diversion road passes is a riparian land.
Dancun Macharia who owns two portions of land measuring half an acre said that his efforts to address Waititu and Alice were met with a lot of hostility. They called on the ministry of roads to ensure that the illegal road is closed as it poses a great danger to motorists joining the superhighway.
‘I have the original documents to validate my plea. I tried to engage honourable Alice and Waititu in futility. I will not allow anyone to grab my land for political persuasions,’ said Macharia
Kiambu countychief officer department of roads, transport and public works Eng Lucas Wahinya said that before the action by the two leaders the county government of Kiambu was in process of doing a new bridge. Eng Wahinya added that Thika business community agreed to partner with the county government to construct a Ksh 85 Million bridge and traffic diversion road.
‘We had allocate Ksh 85 million to for face lifting the bridge before United for Kiambu leaders illegally took it upon themselves to ease the traffic,’ Wahinya said.
Wahinya noted that residents of Kiambu County have demonized the county for failing to meet their demands; the chief officer noted the county’s effort despite little resources he called on the Kiambu electorates to remain patient as the department continues to finalize on the projects they have initiated.