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25km of Road For the Thika By-Pass To Kick Off This February.

Construction of the much awaited Thika By-Pass starts this February. This is according to Thika Town MP Hon. Alice Wambui Ng'ang'a.

Speaking at Polysack area in Makongeni Thika while addressing sand transporters on Friday, Alice said that the completion of these 25km of roads will open up Thika Town by easing traffic snarl ups within the town. 

The tenders for the construction works for the Kivulini-Kang'oki-Kiganjo By-Pass, Engen-Kiganjo, Metro-Kiandutu and Gatitu-Castle feeder roads have already been awarded to Chinese contractors. 

The By-Pass will divert all motorists from Garissa and Machakos Counties who didn't have any business to do in Thika, to branch from Kivulini in Kisii Estate into the Bypass to join Thika Road near the former Castle Breweries. As a result, they would have avoided the current Garissa Road at Makongeni area, which has been a pain in the neck for these residents. The vehicles will also have evaded the notorious Garissa Road- Kenyatta Highway Junction near Gatitu, another traffic headache for Thika residents.

Alice also said that the Sh.350 million water irrigation project for Ngoliba, Magogoni Ndula and Kilimambogo regions was still in course. She said that since those areas were prone to droughts, her administration has agreed with the residents of Thika East on the project to enable them grow food throughout the year using the ever available waters of Athi River. This, she said, would boost their income generation and improve the food basket for Thika people and their Machakos neighbours.

On school bursaries, Alice urged parents with school going children to collect bursary forms from her office and apply. The exercise is starting in the first week of February, adding that about 3,000 students had already applied. The kitty, which amounted to Sh13 million, had not yet been exhausted and therefore no child should miss school for lack of fees in Thika Town Constituency.

All 2015 KCPE female candidates who had attained 330 marks and above have also been requested to apply for admission to Thika Girls High School in Karibaribi. This school is an initiative of the Thika MP that targets the girl-child in the constituency, especially those unable to raise school fees.

She also urged Thika residents to turn up in their numbers to register as voters when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) kicks off the exercise from the 15th of February this year. She promised to personally lead the sensitization drive so as to ensure that all eligible voters in her constituency acquired this vital document. 

She concluded by asking all Kenyans to stand with the KDF soldiers especially those who were on peace missions in various parts of the world. She urged Kenyans to pray for them and their families as they embarked on their mission to bring peace both within and without our borders. 

She echoed President Uhuru Kenyatta's sentiments that the Kenya Defense Forces would not leave Somalia until the country was secure since doing so would jeopardize all the security gains we had achieved so far.

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