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Thika residents may have to wait a little longer to enjoy a jam-free Kenyatta Highway, especially near Tuskys Chania Supermarket as the road contractor assigned to this part of the road has been ordered to stop work via a court injunction. 

This revelation was brought to light by Township Ward MCA Hon. Kennedy Mwangi (Kentams). He said that a trader along this road had sued the contractor for inconveniencing his business as well as the manner he was executing his contract.

However, Kentams assured Thika residents that the matter had been presented to the county executive for the way forward. He added that plans were underway to expand Karatina Road and construct another bridge near the Blue Post soon so as to ease traffic in and out of the CBD.

Kentams was speaking at the Thika Sub-County Stadium during the Mashujaa Day celebrations. He added that there were plans to increase the town lighting, especially near High School for the Blind, all the way towards the town centre so as to reduce cases of people being attacked at night. He called on Thika police boss to look into cases of thugs attacking people along the road towards Blue Post Hotel. He added that of late, there had been numerous reports of attacks in that area and some other spots in the town.

On the El Niño rains, Hon. Mwangi said that he was working with the county government to clear all drainage routes in his ward. 

"As at now, we have already dug canals in Ngoingwa, Kiandutu and Athena that will drain rain water when the storm comes. On security, we have erected 8 Flood lights (mulika mwizi) in Kiandutu, 7 in Ngoingwa, 3 in Athena and we are planning to put up one on your way to Blue Post," he said.

He appealed to the county government to stop the harassment of hawkers and other traders in the name of enforcing county government by-laws. He said that it was wrong for the county government to use alleged NYS interns to militarily handle the issue of law breaking.

"How can you justify these NYS attacking the hawkers and motorists with rungus as they bundle them into county vans like baggage? Though we are not opposed to you doing your work, but we are only calling for a human face into the whole exercise. Please, let us be a bit humane when arresting these people," he requested Madam Rose, the Thika Sub-County Administrator, who was standing in for the governor.

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