December 2019


The decomposing bodies of a middle-aged woman and her daughter were on Sunday found inside their rented house in Abduba Estate Thika opposite Mount Kenyatta University Pavilion Grounds.

Neighbours reported the matter to the police after a foul smell started emanating from her house and with the 31-year old reported missing over the past few days they had gotten concerned.

The police broke into the house where they found the woman and her 11-year old daughter lying dead with several stab wounds

The body of a man suspected to be that of the husband was a while later found dangling inside another rented house in Kisii estate, which is a relatively short distance from the other house where the two bodies were discovered.

It is suspected that the man may have hanged himself after killing the two.

Their bodies were moved to General Kago Road Funeral home as investigations into the mysterious killings got underway.

Samuel Owen, a resident of Ngoingwa estate making his contribution during a public participation forum organised by Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) at Ngoingwa chief’s camp to discuss the construction of the Kiambu-Thika Road.

Residents of Thika’s Ngoingwa area have supported government's plan to construct a 14km dual carriageway from Junction B30/A2 Thika Superhighway (Njomoko) to Mang’u.

While speaking at Ngoingwa chief’s camp during a public participation forum organised by Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), the residents said it would ease congestion in Thika town, improve businesses and help road users to connect to Nakuru and Kiambu towns faster.

The road, which is currently in design stage, will be 40m in width with a pedestrian footpath and a cycling path.

(See Related Story: Plans to construct Thika-Garissa Dual Carriageway at very advanced stage)

It is part of a 62km road that commences on Junction B32/B30 (Kiambu Road opposite Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology –KIST) through Kirigiti, Riabai, Ngewa, Kibichoi, Nembu, Ichaweri, Gatundu, Kang’oo, Mang’u and ends at Junction B30/A2 Thika Superhighway (Njomoko).
Upon completion, this road will improve journey times between Kiambu and Thika towns, it would become a preferred route in the area. This will take traffic off other local roads.

Other than the Riabai – Ngewa and the Njomoko – Mang’u stretches that will be dual carriageways, the other sections of the road will be single carriageway of rural road standards with a 2m shoulder. The Ngewa – Riabai stretch will also include 4.5m service roads (matatu lanes) on selected sections in Kirigiti area.

The officials noted that residents living within the stretch between Njomoko and Kisiwa Primary might not be affected by the construction of the road as none was within the targeted road corridor. However, some people might be affected especially between Kisiwa Primary School and Mang’u where the corridor was not enough.

The officials assured them of compensation that would be calculated using the current market rates.

The residents requested KeNHA to ensure that the road had enough provisions for drainage to avoid flooding in Thika and also bear safety measures that would reduce road carnage along the road.

They also requested that the contractor to ensure minimal disruption of businesses along the road during the entire expansion exercise.

(See Also: First Phase of Garissa Road expansion to be complete in two months – KeNHA.)

On behalf of the area MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina, his Personal Assistant (PA) John Mwangi Njuguna appealed to Thika residents to support the project as it would eventually benefit them upon completion.

He appealed to KeNHA to ensure prompt and just compensation on anyone who will be affected by the construction.

“The main objective here is to reduce congestion on our roads, help our people to easily get around and open up new opportunities for business. The existing road which is a single carriageway is an impediment to flow of the high traffic experienced between Nairobi and Thika town. It therefore requires upgrading to dual carriageway to absorb and serve this traffic and support the socio-economic growth of this area and at the same time bring business opportunities and employment,” said Mwangi.

A vehicle being pulled from a pit along Corner 1 – Corner 4 road that is in a very bad state.
Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina has promised to solicit for funding to arrest the flooding menace that has dogged Kiganjo estate for decades.

Speaking during a tour in the area to assess the extent of damage caused by the recent floods, Wainaina said that it was quite unfortunate that the residents kept facing the same problem every time it rained and it was now time the problem was solved once and for all.

He added that over and above his own initiative to control the flush floods, he would mobilise for funding from the government to ensure the area got more drainage and accessible roads.

“Kiganjo has a very great potential to become the next frontier in this region. For this to happen, we must cure this problem (of flooding) once and for all. I will also seek funds from the government to create an elaborate drainage system as well as more tarmacked roads here,” he said.

The legislator noted that his tour had identified that most of the flush floods spilled from the trench at Corner 4 and therefore efforts would be made to divert this water before it crossed the road into people’s residence.

He promised to do some rehabilitation works of the Kiganjo Corner 1 – Corner 4 road that was in a very deplorable state before he sought some government funding to upgrade it to bitumen standards.

He also appealed to the Ministry of  Irrigation to devise ways to harvest rain runoff so as to the stored water could be made useful even after the rains.

“The government needs to come up with a very elaborate programme to harvest all this water instead of watching all of it go to waste and in most cases, cause wanton destruction to property. The stored water can later be utilised for irrigation, domestic and commercial purposes,” he said.

Wainaina also challenged the county government to connect the residents of Kiganjo and surrounding areas with the main sewerage system.


Floods victims in Giciiki village Kilimambogo have appealed to the authorities to help them relocate to the plots allocated to them by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017.

The residents claim that one of the main reasons they were still stuck on the lowlands bordering Athi River was that some people went to court and blocked their relocation to the said plots, claiming that the land belonged to them.

They also claimed that only 25 people out of more than a hundred residents were allocated land, leaving the rest unaware of their fate once the relocation was implemented.

They were speaking during a damage assessment visit by the area MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina.

Wainaina promised to follow up the matter to its logical conclusion and ensure that once all was done settled, he would assist each family with 10 mabatis to help them put up their homes.

He appealed to them to accept relocation and only leave the shambas on the river belt for farming only.

“Let’s all agree to leave these shambas once we get relocated. Let’s use them for farming alone to avoid all these losses incurred every time it rains,” appealed the MP.

In the meantime, he promised to seek some temporary remedy to drain off the excess overflow of the river to ensure the waters never again rose to cause extensive damages to homes as experienced recently when homes were completely marooned by the floods.

The MP donated some foodstuff and blankets to the victims to help them cope with the harsh conditions after the floods as a permanent solution was being sought.

The Thika Branch of the Kenya Red Cross also donated kitchenware to the affected families.


By Paul Kaweru

Among the many popular memes that aimed to encourage people to storm Area 51, a highly classified and heavily protected US Air Force facility in Nevada, was a highly popularized concept considered the most effective entry strategy among a majority of enthusiasts – ‘Naruto’ Running. The concept is extrapolated from the Naruto Uzumaki fictional Japanese anime and manga, where Naruto runners sprint with arms locked straight and stretched out behind their backs. The distinctive running gait has increasingly become an integral part of viral memes to convey a ‘speedy’ technique that might probably help to the target objectives by circumventing the existing ‘hurdles.’ In Kenya, ‘Naruto Running’ can be considered a ‘staple anime fandom,’ a strategy aimed to achieve some political objectives.
Ruto’s presidential ambitions can be inferred as ‘Naruto Running,’ a strategy that may not be effective in the end. While his ‘populist’ political demeanor seems to strengthen his grip in Mt. Kenya region, some critics have argued that this strategy is short-lived, as it is merely built with a focus on 2022 presidential inspirations. Ruto’s influence in Mt. Kenya, according to some political analysts, depends on the extent to which he will be able to maintain close ties with his Mt. Kenya allies to back him in the next elections. “Galvanizing this support is not a funfair, as it is subject to constitutional limits,” posits Makau Mutua. His vehement push of 2022 political agenda culminates in premature campaigns, which might subsequently widen the hitherto burgeoning schism between “Kieleweke” and “Tangatanga” factions within the Jubilee party. In other words, Ruro’s political strategy can be inferred as a ‘Kamikaze act.’ His interference with Central Kenya’s politics in his endeavors to become the next president by capitalizing on Mt. Kenya’s votes can be regarded as a desperate ‘politically-suicidal’ act.        
            To win the support of Mt. Kenya’s electorate, Mr.Ruto ought to learn from the precedents. The region’s hypocritical demeanor is silent shaming, notes COTU boss Francis Atwoli. Raila Odinga was also branded ‘Jamba’ sometimes ago. He was their favorite, simply because he kowtowed to Kibaki, their then favorite candidate. How he lost the region’s support is a difficult conundrum for many. If you want to become a president in Kenya, probably you should avoid committing a cardinal sin: the holier-than-thou attitude. Humility appears to take precedence over any other considerations,” reiterates Atwoli.
Dear Ruto, think different! Re-strategize! Avoid premature campaigns. These people do not hate Uhuru. They are probably ignoring him because he appears to have forged ‘bonds’ with their historical foe – the Odingas. The moment Uhuru decides to wage war against you, trust me, it will render your supportive brigade helplessly useless. The influence of many members of a cohort of your seemingly strong battalion is merely ephemeral. On the ground, Central Kenya and Uhuru Kenyatta are inextricably intertwined. Do not defy Uhuru’s orders. Those who think that they can ‘go against the grain’ to succeed Uhuru as the region’s kingpin are just myopic. My ‘fren’ Ruto, you are my favorite politician in Kenya. Stop Naruto running. Slow down. Do not fall for a Kamikaze attack!


The writer is a Mechanical Engineer graduate from Moi University and a Political Enthusiast.

The newly launched 150KWP Solar PV system launched by Simbi Roses in partnership with Ecoligo and GIZ Kenya. The 454 ground-mounted solar system was launched on 6th December 2019 at the Simbi Roses Farm in Thika.
Simbi Roses Limited has ramped up its green credentials by unveiling a 150kWp solar PV system in Thika, Kiambu County.

The ground mounted solar system consisting of 454 solar panels and 5 inverters is set to save up to 144 tonnes of Carbon dioxide (CO) emissions per year. The System will help Simbi Roses reduce it overall power costs and carbon footprint.

The Self-consumption solar PV systems are well suited to cover the daytime energy needs of the flower farm. As the flower industry relies on the natural environment, Simbi Roses aims to be a trendsetter towards sustainable energy use in the industry, which is a vital pillar of environmental protection.

The project has been achieved through a meaningful partnership between Ecoligo; a Germany-based solar company with a subsidiary in Kenya in cooperation with its Kenyan-based installation and service partner Technolectric; with technical support from the Project Development Programme under the German Energy Solutions Initiative.

Speaking during the unveil event Simbi Roses Executive Director Grace Nyachae gave said, “I would like to thank Ecoligo and the PDP of the German Energy Solutions Initiative being great partners on this project. With the new Solar PV system, Simbi Roses will be able to drastically reduce our overall carbon footprint and power costs. It is my hope that more flower farms may implement more renewable energy systems in order to reduce carbon levels in our environment and reduce operational costs.”

Since its inception, Simbi Roses has established a modern and efficient crop management system and high-quality control within their growing infrastructure. These include the propagation of their own plants, and the state of art irrigation and spraying systems, combined with the ideal climate and water availability, allows Simbi Roses to produce superior Quality Roses.

Currently they are producing over 13 different varieties of roses for the international market, which include Bellerosa, Red Ribbon, Good Times, Sonarisa, Vanilla Sky, Marie Claire, Mario, High & Magic, and Upper Class.

An earlier photo of the suspect Charles Mbogo.

Detectives in Thika West Sub-County have arrested the suspect who allegedly shot dead his brother's wife in Landless estate Thika last week.

They have also recovered a zceska pistol believed to have been used in the murder.

The suspect, Charles Mbogo, is said to have shot the deceased, Hellen Njoki, in head after a quarrel within their family house in Happy Valley Landless.

Immediately after the incident, the suspect went into hiding and has been on the run since then and was nabbed on Sunday in his hideout in Shanzu area, Kisauni Mombasa County.

According to residents, Mbogo worked as a welder in the area and none was aware that he possessed a gun or whether he was a licenced gun holder.

The deceased and her husband had just settled into the homestead a day before the incident from their rented house in Ruaka Kiambu County.

Njoki, who is in her mid twenties, was a nurse in Nairobi and left behind a 2-year toddler.

Mbogo will be arraigned in court tomorrow.

Gitau Wanyoike of KTN Kenya taking a fair shot while reporting about the floods that have hit the region following the current heavy rains
An exclusive live coverage by a Thika-based news reporter on Tuesday showing the Kenyan police helicopter rescuing a fisherman who had been sandwiched between the raging flash waters of Athi River feature on Reuters, a recognition of his great works internationally.

Gitau Wanyoike, a reporter for KTN Television, covered the dramatic rescue mission of Vincent Musila, who had spent three nights stuck on a river islet surrounded by flood water before a helicopter saved him.


Musila had gone fishing at the river when it burst its banks. He said floodwaters came in "suddenly" while he was fishing from a small patch of land in the middle of the river, outside Thika town.

"Within seconds water was everywhere and I could not cross. It's been terrible over the last three days being stranded here in the cold and rain. I was hungry and went through a lot," he said after the rescue.

Crowds watched helplessly for three days as they waited for emergency services to rescue him.

The body of the young boy from Kiganjo Estate who drowned yesterday has been retrieved from the water near Kamuthi, barely a few metres from where he fell.
The recovery exercise that was done by the locals and coordinated by the area chiefs, took over 18 hours due to lack of proper equipment.
It is alleged that the Standard 5 boy died as he attempted to save his friend who had drowned.
A group of boys from Kiganjo estate had gone to Kamuthi area swim when the incident happened.
The deceased is said to have been swept off balance by the raging waters and submerged into the deep part of the stream before he was dragged downstream towards Athi River.
His colleague was however rescued by people passing nearby and rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital.
Locals who spoke after the retrieval of the body called on the government to support those who risked their lives to recover the body of the deceased without even having the right apparatus for the job.

CS Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Peter Munya this afternoon officially commissioned the Sh. 1.2 billion BIDCO Land O'Lakes animal feeds manufacturing plant in Nakuru.

The plant has a processing capacity of 28 tonnes per hour and incorporates new technology to test every load of ingredients for quality aiming for zero aflatoxins or other harmful elements while ensuring the right mix of nutritional elements.

BIDCO Land O’Lakes plant will plans to introduce four products into the Kenyan market; Pro Calf Starter, Pro Heifer Developer, Pig Starter 4-4-4 and Pro Calf Milk replacer.

Renting some commercial space in Thika has become damn expensive and deterrent especially for small traders and business start-ups who in most cases start businesses with money borrowed as loans, from long-term savings or from proceeds from sale of some property.
These people hit the ground with very high expectations and hopes for a brighter tomorrow. Unfortunately, in reality, they are hit by the damn reality of very exploitative rents that are extremely very high.
If you take stalls for instance, the amount demanded by landlords is extremely high and very few businesses survive for more than 6 months.
Stalls facing the road are going at 50,000/- per month and one is expected to pay 6 months advance. That's a cool 300,000/- even before buying any stock. Other overhead costs might bring the figure to around 500,000/-, notwithstanding the fact that one might have an employee. This simply means that one needs almost a million shillings to kick off.
This is just too much and many are not able to cope considering the fact that these traders are expected to cough around 60,000/- in monthly rent and overhead costs.. How many businesses will earn you a daily profit of 2,000 plus now what will call your net on top?
Our survey in Thika has revealed that only about 20% of those who rent them go beyond that period. Most of them freeze away after six months when the deposit expires, close shop and leave or sell the "goodwill" to another person. It is a fact that these stalls keep exchanging hands so very few people note that.
The landlords don't care since the moment one is unable to pay, they take up that other one who is dying to start and the cycle continues.
As much as we blame the government for collapsing businesses, we too are our own enemies... Sucking others' blood to the last drop and yet expect them to survive. No wonder we are always complaining of too much insecurity, drug abuse and alcoholism since we ain't promoting a conducive environment to do business.

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