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Residents of Thika Town, especially those who live in Makongeni, Pilot and UTI will have to wait until Feb 28th 2016 for them to enjoy the new Kenyatta Highway being constructed. This was said by Thika Town MP Hon. Alice Ng'ang'a during the Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Thika Sub-County Stadium. 

Speaking on behalf of the legislature, Eng. Kang'ethe Mwangi said that he had been personally assessing the progress of the works on a daily basis and was satisfied with the quality of the work done so far. He noted that they won't allow to be rushed into doing a shoddy job, promising that upon completion, it will have a lifespan of about 20 years.

The less than 1km section of the road stretching from Munene Industries Ltd to the UTI junction, has been in construction for the last four months. It will cost the taxpayer, a cool Ksh.60 million.

He used the opportunity to expound on the projects that the MP has so far completed during her three years in office. Among them include the completion of the Kisii-Kang'oki-Munyu Road which had reduced the distance from 16km to about 7km, as well as the Magogoni-Matathia-Gitoboto Road in Magogoni. He added that the MP had also helped Munyu region to start some Agro-Business project through irrigation.

Mr Kang'ethe also notified the audience that the MP had trained chiefs and their assistants on how to ride motorbikes that she intended to provide, in order to facilitate them in executing their duties.

The MP was at pains with the deteriorating insecurity levels in  Gacagi and Gathara slums. Illicit brews in these areas were back and the brewers had formed a cartel to keep off anyone who attempted to stop their trade. He sited an incident where the area chief and her assistants had to run for their dear lives when they were attacked by these brewers as they tried to arrest one of them.

Unfortunately, their efforts were  being hindered by some rogue police officers who always alerted these criminals whenever an operation to arrest illicit brewers was about to be undertaken, thereby sabotaging the fight against alcoholism and crime. 

He also lamented the neglect of the Boy-Child, who is said to have been ignored and completely forgotten. This, he said, was the major reason the society was experiencing all the crimes and alcoholism among the youth. 

He also took that opportunity to blame the mess witnessed in Kiganjo last week on the County Physical Planning Department. He said that they had failed in their duty by allowing people to build houses on water paths thus blocking storm water from flowing into the drainage canals.

On the issue of County Askaris harassment of hawkers, he requested the county government to designate some areas for them. For instance, he asked the area MCAs to push for a motion in the County Legislature to have them allowed to sell their wares  within Mama Ngina Gardens so that the problem of hawkers jamming streets be a thing of the past.

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