Residents of Gwa Kairo, Kahawa Wendani and Juja town have a reason to smile after Kiambu County Government commenced the tarmacking of deplorable roads in the estates.
Each estate will receive a kilometer of tarmac on critical roads ending years of suffering and frustrations that residents have been going through in their daily movements.
In Gwa Kairo, the project involves the tarmacking of the road that connects the estate to Thika Super highway which has been in deplorable state for years especially during rainy seasons.
Once complete, it will open the estate that is the bedroom of Ruiru, Thika and Kimbo in terms of workforce and market, as well as ease movements.
Other roads are the Uchumi-JKUAT Gate A road in Juja town and the Kahawa Wendani-Maguna-Kiuu River road in Ruiru Sub County.
The projects are being undertaken under the Kenya Urban Support Programme (KUSP) and will be completed in nine months’ time.
Speaking while commissioning the projects yesterday, Kiambu Governor Dr James Nyoro said the roads will be made to the required standards, taking into consideration putting up good drainage systems and walkways.
He said the current state of the roads limited accessibility, frustrate residents and business people.
“Our intention is to tarmac more roads in our estates through KUSP, but we have been limited by the few municipalities that we have. We have written to the government to have Juja, Kabete and Kikuyu to be made stand-alone Municipalities in order to benefit more from such programmes,” he said.
Residents led by Theta Ward MCA Simon Karema said the tarmacking of the roads especially the Gwa Kairo road was long overdue.
“Connecting from the estate to Ruiru town or other areas has been frustrating especially during the rainy seasons. You will fall in the mud if not careful and therefore the project is a relief to the residents,” said Karema.
In Juja, residents especially JKUAT students expressed their relief saying the tarmacking of that key road would ease movement.
By Muoki Charles