That which began by critism from a seemingly drank Gatundu MP Moses Kuria while ushering in 2019 where he questioned President Uhuru Kenyatta why he has neglected his backyard, has now culminated to two major projects in the area.
“As we usher in 2019, think very seriously. Your job is to vote after which we reward other regions with development which is not very smart.” he said.
This forced President Kenyatta to respond back saying, “Hao washenzi waachane na mimi [Those idiots should leave me alone],” President Kenyatta said amid applause
Moses Kuria then responded “The President is 100% right. He is spot on. We need development in every corner of this country. It is in that spirit and in line with the president’s position that I believe Mt. Kenya region also deserves development just like any other region. Right now it’s not happening,”
Well, the exchange between the two has resulted to several goodies in the area:
The first one is the rehabilitation of the 240km railway line from Nairobi to Nanyuki thathas kicked off this week. Already sh3 billion has been released to start the work on the railway.
The upgrading will be three-phased; Nanyuki-Marúa, Marúa-Sagana and Sagana-Thika. After Thika, the line is expected to proceed to Isiolo, Meru and Tharaka Nithi. This project is expected to last five months.
The second project is the construction of the 540km Mau Mau road that will traverse the counties of Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri and Nyandarua is set to start next month. The roads will literally be tracing the routes that were used by Mau May freedom fighters for transport and logistics.
The highway is one of the major government projects this year and it will be implemented at a cost of Sh30 billion, with construction scheduled to take three years.
This road will cover a 540 kilometres Bitumen standard road with 80 feeder roads and will pass through 69 shopping centers in the aforementioned counties that is, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Murang’a, Nyeri.
The Route will be: Githunguri – Gataka-Gitiha – Iria-ini –Kagaa –Matimbei–Kamahindu-Jnct C561 – Gatamaiyu –Nduriri – Kaguongo – Nyanduma – Wangui – Mundoro– Gaitete – Gacharage – Kamunyaka – Kariminu –Mataara –Gatakaini-Gatura-Mairi-Kinyona- Mununga-Ichichi-Tuthu-Wanjerere-Kagongo- Mioro- Kiamuturi- Kairo-Muirungi- Munyange- Gituiga- Huvoini-Ihithe- Miagayuini- Karunaini-Njengu. And Naivasha-Njabini-Gatare- Kinyona.
Other than ferrying of goods to places like the Naivasha dry pot in the shortest time possible, these projects will open up the agricultural area, promote intercounty trade, create more business opportunities and employment to tens of hundreds of central Kenya populace.
Last week, the president looked into issues bedeviling coffee, tea, and milk. He introduced several measures that would solve the problems farmers from central have been facing. One remarkable one was on issue of milk where the head of state said:
“As part of my intent and pledge to the milk farmers, I have given three practical directives.
One, I have directed the National Treasury to release 500 million shillings to the new KCC to purchase excess milk from farmers to convert it into powder milk for future use.
Two, I have directed the National Treasury to release a further 575 million shillings to new KCC for two milk plants, one in Nyeri and one in Nyahururu, to enhance their processing capacity. In sum, my intent is to boost the milk industry with 1.07 billion shillings in the immediate run as a way of supporting their efforts.”
There has been a general outcry from the President’s backyard that he had neglected the region.