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Tarmacking of Gichugu roads to be completed

Residents of Gichugu Constituency in Kirinyaga County are among the beneficiaries of the president directive that all stalled projects must be completed.

The constituency had a 95km road that was launched in January last year but the project stalled till recently when construction work resumed. The tarmacking stage is in progress.

The first 55km that link Nairobi-Embu Highway at Piai town will stretch from Piai to Gatugura will ease transportation of people, goods and services especially to people of Njukiine ward that has never had a tarmac road.

While inspecting the construction, Gichugu Member of Parliament Mr. Robert Githinji Gichimu said the 95km stretch was split into two and awarded different contractors. The 55km was given to Stego Contractor while another 40km was taken by foreign contractor- Chinese WuYi Limited.

The MP said the 55km road was allocated Sh2.1 billion and funds have been released as evident by the ongoing works on the road. He said he is following up with the ministry of transport to release all money so that the entire project will be completed as soon as possible.

“We have talked about this road for a very long time, the funds were release and we can see the progress on the ground. As parliament, we make the national budget and I have talked to the chairman of the budget committee to ensure funds are made available for all pending projects as per the president directive,” Gichimu said.

He called for patience from his constituents especially those with pending roads saying as their leader he will ensure all will be done. “I am putting more effort until all roads are done, I request for patience from people living in some parts of constituency that roads are not good that they are not left out, we shall construct all roads,” he added

Peter Ndambiri, a resident of Kiambui in Gichugu, said the tarmacking of the road has opened the area and ease transport of goods and services. He noted that it will now take them less than 5 minutes to access Embu Highway. Magdalene Karaba, another resident, said in the past the road was only murramed and became too muddy during the rainy season which was a major challenge to school going children.

“This village now is open to the other parts of the county. We can transport our farm products to market within the shortest time, Embu is just 3 minutes away,” Ndambiri said.

By Mutai Kipngetich



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