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Irate residents halt county’s plan to erect business stalls on cemetery land.

A section of the old Thika Cemetery that is in danger of grabbers.
Irate members of public pulled down a wall that was being erected by Kiambu County Government at the old Thika cemetery on General Kago road just opposite Ziwani Estate citing a ploy to grab the land.

The residents, most of whom reside in the neighbouring Ziwani, Ofafa, jamuhuri and Starehe estate termed the move as irresponsible and disrespectful to the dead as some of their kin had been buried there.

“This is a ploy to grab this space pretending that they are fencing the place. The truth is that some of our leaders have already shared this place and want to put up business stall to take advantage of the high students’ traffic in this part of the road,” explained one of the protestors.

John Mwangi Njuguna, who is the Personal Assistant to Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina warned that legislators’ office will never allow any grabbing of land to happen within their jurisdiction as they watched.

He wondered why the new developments were being done behind the people’s backs if at all they were for the public good.

“If at all the county government (of Kiambu) means well, why are they doing these things at night? Why can’t they come out in the open and explain to the stakeholders what they are doing? We cannot have this and we will not allow them to grab any of these spaces meant for the public,” he warned.

A county caterpillar clearing the land in preparation for the building of business stalls along the face of the old Thika cemetery. 
Responding to these allegations, Thika Ward Administrator Ephraim Njihi defended the county government’s actions saying that they decided to fence the area and clear the bushes that had overgrew within the abandoned cemetery as a way to curb the insecurity that had dogged that area.

He added that they had allowed the erection of business stalls on the newly built wall for students and youth to do business there.

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