Othaya MP Wambugu Wainaina has started a project intended to get rid of mud houses in his Constituency.
Through a program dubbed ‘Tuinuane Initiative,’ the MP has pooled resources from friends with an aim to eradicate mud structures and replace them with timber houses.
Speaking in his Othaya constituency yesterday when he assisted the family of Richard Muturi and his wife Monica Wairimu to put up a decent house, the legislator said he will ensure those families who are living in the mud houses get good dwellings.
He expressed his concern that over 50 families in Othaya are living in temporary mud houses in different wards in the area due to escalating poverty, and noted that mud houses can be easily destroyed by wind, rain and flooding if not protected well enough.
Muturi who benefited from the MP’s initiative broke down in tears when the MP visited his home and started building the house for his family. “I could not hold back tears when the MP started building the house for my family,’’ said Muturi.
The family of 11 has been living in a one-bedroom mud house due to poverty, which had no privacy. The MP purchased building materials and the area community provided labour.
“We have started this journey. We have already build one and two are being built simultaneously in different areas,” said Wainaina.
A neighbour Phyllis Wachira while thanking the MP for the unique initiative noted that such a project will transform the lives of the residents in the community.
Another villager Joel Macharia who is one of the members of Tuinuane said the project will continue for the months to come. He said through the network of the MP and provincial administration, they were able to identify the deserving cases who needed help.
By Beth Ndirangu