It is a new dawn for Juja residents as their new MP George Koimburi hit the ground running, promising to construct five boarding schools before August next year.
This will be a boost to residents as the vast and densely populated constituency has been lacking boarding secondary schools except Mang’u High, a national school.
Koimburi who spoke while issuing Sh35 million bursary to over 5,000 students in Theta ward said the schools will be distributed in different wards depending on the population of learners.
He said it will give local learners the opportunity to study in a boarding school close to their homes and eventually improve the standards of education in the constituency.
The boarding facilities will be built at St Francis Secondary in Witeithie ward, Murera in Theta ward, Mugutha in Murera ward, Juja Farm and Gachororo secondary schools in Juja ward.
He noted that a number of classrooms built recently in the constituency have started cracking as a result of poor workmanship by those contracted to work on the projects. “One such contractor built a classroom on top of cotton soil which started cracking soon after it was completed and yet he was paid Sh1.8 million. This is unacceptable,” he added.
He warned that in future, contractors will not be paid their dues until their work is properly inspected and found to be up to standard reiterating that the same will apply to road projects.
He said an additional Sh12 million has been set aside for more bursaries and told parents and students who missed out of the first allocation to reapply. The MP also put on notice contractors who have been doing shoddy jobs for National Government-Constituency Development Fund projects.
“It will no longer be business as usual. We shall not allow people to plunder public funds by getting paid for doing shoddy work for NG-CDF projects. My office will blacklist all those whose work has been questionable,” said the MP.
He was elected last month following the passing on of former MP Francis Waititu Wakapee early this year.
By Muoki Charles