January 27, 2021

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A section of Kiambu leaders with Ministry of Transport officials along the contentious road

A section of Kiambu leaders with Ministry of Transport officials along the contentious road

Uproar over delay in completion of Sh 235 road in Ruiru

Residents of Membley estate in Ruiru, Kiambu County alongside a section of county leaders have protested against delay in tarmacking of Sh 235 million road that was commissioned in January.

The 6-kilometer road that was awarded to residents by President Uhuru Kenyatta when he presided over the official launch of Bidco Industrial Park at Ruiru in July last year links Thika Superhighway, Membley Estate through Kahawa West and Bible Training Literacy college (BTL).

The project that is only two percent complete is expected to be completed in July 2021. Bad weather, onset of Covid-19 are among other factors said to have delayed the project.

Since it was commissioned, the residents led by a section of Kiambu leaders among them  county women representative Gathoni Wamuchomba, area MP Simon King’ara and nominated senator Isaac Mwaura took issue with the contractor for delaying to fast-track the project that is not only expected to ease movement but also spur economic developments in the area.

Wamuchomba who is the Vice Chair for Transport, Public Works and Housing Committee said that delay in construction of the road has caused them agony as they can no longer live in their houses in peace.

Wamuchomba, Mwaura are among a host of key parliamentarians and national leaders who reside in the area estates.

The county MP took issue with the contractor alongside others across the country for delaying to complete infrastructural projects started by Jubilee government.

“I do not open my windows; I have to transport my clothes somewhere to be washed since the dirt in my house cannot allow me. Things get worse whenever it rains as the road is even more impassable,” she said.

She sent a stern warning to contractors both delaying to finish projects funded by Kenyan taxpayers and those doing shoddy jobs saying they were derailing economic developments in the country.

On his part, King’ara urged locals to collaborate with the contractor to enhance accelerating completion of the road that has been at the centre of organized protests.

While urging the contractor to work in harmony with locals, King’ara said that locals have been suffering in the current state of the dilapidated road occasioning traffic snarl-ups.

He also urged the contractor to employ local jobless youths to reduce cases of insecurity.

“We are not ready to start confronting the contractor but he should embrace public participation. Employment to our people should be an obvious undertaking to help locals own the project,” he said.

Mwaura on the other hand called on the contractor to hurry construction works to pave way for the Bus Rapid Transit system expected to start operations soon.

The lawmaker further insisted that the area’s development plan should not be changed from single-dwelling houses to high rise buildings noting that such a move would occasion conflicts.

“This road should be done well and fast to allow BRT buses which will start operating soon to be effective,” said Mwaura.

The leaders spoke yesterday during a tour to inspect the road by Ministry of Transport officials led by acting director general Eng. Philemon Kandie.

Kandie urged the contractor to enhance traffic management during the period within which the road will be constructed.

“We are monitoring the progress of the contractor and we urge for a little bit of hurry in construction of the project. The project is expected to be complete in July next year,” said Kandie.

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