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MP launches constituency street lighting, home electrification programme.

A photo grid  of Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina switching on street lights on Monday when he launched an ambitious constituency street lighting and home electrification programme in Kiganjo Estate of Kamenu Ward.

Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina on Monday launched an ambitious constituency street lighting and home electrification programme in Kiganjo Estate of Kamenu Ward in Thika West sub-county.

Under an initiative, the MP plans to light up all the major streets in the constituency and connect all homes with the national grid within the first of his tenure.

Speaking during the launch of the 2km stretch of street lighting, Wainaina assured Thika residents that, just as he had pledged in his campaign agenda, his leadership will prioritise infrastructure development as a key pillar to boost the economy and create employment in the region, especially through road construction and provision of electricity to all corners of the constituency.

“Over the years, business transactions and productive activities have been restricted to daytime operations due to perceptions and experiences of insecurity associated with poor night-time visibility. The programme we have kick-started tonight will be rolled out across the entire constituency so as to facilitate a 24-hour economy by enhancing security,” said the MP.

Wainaina noted that the programme will improve the quality of life for citizens by enhancing security and night-time business activities.

He requests those people whose homes were not connected to electricity to apply through their area coordinators or liaise with his office for assistance.

Following recent incidences of crime in the area, the legislator assured the residents that his administration was working out a permanent solution to address insecurity, promising visible outcomes within a very short time.

“I have been into office barely six months now and during that time, we have lost four prominent businessmen through armed crime. We cannot allow this to continue and I can promise that we are going to institute a raft of changes in our security system within a very short while,” he said while he visited to console the family of the Late James Ndung’u Gitau who was shot dead by thugs on Friday night at their shop in Makongeni’s Phase 5. .

“There is no way we can be talking about instituting a 24-hour economy if our people feel insecure and unsafe. We need a good police force and judiciary to really maintain the legitimacy and the confidence of the populace in governance,” he added.

The MP said that he will continue cooperating the area security agencies to ensure they worked to reduce all forms of crimes in the area.

He however appealed to members of public to fully participate in all the activities geared towards containing the emergence of juvenile gangs in their areas, adding that the issue of security was a collective responsibility.

He raised concerns over residents’ failure to expose the bad elements amongst them despite knowing they are involved in criminal activities thus endangering other community members.

“We are raising a rotten society if we shy away from this security problem,” said Wainaina.

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