Demolition of illegal structures on overpasses and underpasses along Thika superhighway will continue until cases of insecurity in Juja, Ruiru and Thika are dealt with, Juja Deputy County Commissioner Charles Mureithi has said.
Speaking to press after a security meeting, Mureithi pointed out that encroachment of the highways by hawkers and Kiosk operators has continued to pose a major challenge to motorists and other road users adding that the illegal structures erected on the roadsides have been turned into hide outs for criminals who stone motorists at night and attack unsuspecting members of the public.
“The demolition will continue and we are not going to entertain any negotiations, law enforcement officers will continue flattening any encroachment until the highways are safe for motorist and other road users,” he stressed.
Mureithi’s directive comes following an upsurge of cases of insecurity along the Thika superhighway with dangerous criminals waylaying motorists with the most recent case involving a motorist who escaped death narrowly after marauding gangsters stoned his vehicle as he navigated the Ndarugu underpass.
The DCC also lamented the mushrooming of markets along the overpasses; a trend he noted is causing obstruction to the free flow of vehicles plying the superhighway.
“We will arrest any vendor who fails to comply with our directives and we will arraign them in court,” he said
Mureithi who was accompanied by the area security team revealed that already, the joint approach security watch involving law enforcement officers from Thika East, Thika West Gatundu South, Ruiru and Githurai have borne a lot of fruits as wanted criminals have been arrested in ongoing crackdowns meant to weed out organized gangs in the area.