Following an advertisement on 11th February 2020 to fill in the position of the Chairman Kiambu County Service Board (CPSB), seven candidates have been shortlisted for interviews which will be held at Thika Sub-County offices as indicated below:-

9:00 AM
9:30 AM
10:00 AM
10:30 AM
11:00 AM
11:30 AM
12:00 NOON
All shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them:-

Original Identity Card or Passport
       2.    Original Academic and Professional Certificates, testimonials and relevant documents in support of their applications.
       3.   Two (2) Coloured Passport size photographs.
       4.   Original and CURRENT clearance certificates from the:
-          Kenya Revenue Authority
-          Criminal Investigation Department (Certificate of Good Conduct)
-          Ethic and Anti-Corruption Commission
-          Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
-          Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)
Members of public are invited to submit any information (on oath) that may have a bearing on the shortlisted candidates by 12:00 NOON on 25th February 2020


1) Carpeting of all feeder roads connecting estates to bitumen standards.

2) Construction of a Social Hall for to nurture youth talents preferably in one of Kamenu's public schools.

3) The Kang'oki dumpsite should be should only allow waste gotten from Thika sub-county only. Garbage from other areas should be disposed in their areas of origin.

4) Phase 8 Dispensary should be upgraded to a Level 4 Hospital, fully equipped with basic but essential laboratory services, have adequate supply of basic drugs and a standby ambulance.

5) Bursaries should be allocated with respect to population to avoid disadvantaging densely populated wards like Kamenu.

  • Participants were against Kiambu County Government’s decision to offer stadium facilities to non-residents for free while the beneficiaries are charging entry fees to the residents. They insisted that this should only be a preserve of residents only, especially local clubs.
  • Participants lamented of dilapidated roads within the estates especially the link road heading to Gatumaini Primary, Chania Boys and Thika High School for the Blind and the road at Section 2 estate that heads to Nightfall Gardens.
  • There was also a call to restore order within the CBD especially on the issue of hawkers, matatus, taxis, tukutuks and bodabodas that have occupied virtually every available space.
  • Participants complained of the services they received at Thika Level 5 Hospital and called for some stringent measures to ease prompt and quality service delivery.
  • The issue of street families and commercial sex workers was also addressed with participants raising issue with the authorities’ laxity to seeking a lasting solution.
  • Participants asked about Biashara Fund and the issuance of bursaries where they demanded for more transparency in the distribution of these monies.
  • There was also the issue of garbage collection within estates where they complained that it went uncollected.
  • The problem of companies and individuals releasing  hazardous effluents into the rivers was also highlighted with others being accused of polluting the air especially at night.

  • Kiambu County Government promised to recarpet   all the roads within the CBD once the re-tendering of the same was completed. The previous awards were cancelled following an Anti-Corruption case that dogged the previous administration.
  • They also promised to grade some of the bad roads periodically subject to availability of their motor graders.
  • The officers also promised to systematically solve the congestion problem within the CBD as caused by hawkers and traders in the transport sectors.
  • They also promised to get rid of the street families and commercial sex workers by involving the other arms of government such as the police and rehabilitation centres and homes.
  • The department of environment promised to severely deal with anyone reported to have polluted the environment. However, on matters related to garbage collection, they said that according to the law, it was the responsibility of individual owners of residential houses to take care of their waste. The county government was only mandated to clean garbage within commercial centres only (CBD).
  • KCG promised to revive the Biashara Fund so that more people can benefit from cheap loans to start and expand their businesses.

●  Thika Water and Sewerage Company Ltd (THIWASCO) evolved from Thika Water project to a public limited company initiated in 1950 at Chania River and commissioned in 1956.

● THIWASCO was registered in the year 2009 as Water and Sewerage services providing Company and began operations in September 2009 as a water service provider under the Athi Water Services Board.

● The major sources of water for the company are the Chania and Thika Rivers obtained through gravity.

● The company serves the Thika Sub-County and its environs which covers an area of approximately 254 km of water pipeline and 60km of sewer pipeline.

● The company currently has approximately 32,000 water connections and 12,000 sewerage connections.

● THIWASCO serves over about 300,000 residents.

● In June 2018, THIWASCO improved its water production capacity of 36,000m3 (36 million litres) daily to the current 41,000 m3 (41 million litres) per day, translating to about 14.9 million m3 of water annually.

● THIWASCO currently has achieved 85% of its targeted coverage with 35,500 water connections and 13,206 sewerage connections

● In order to improve on efficiency, THIWASCO has started embracing ICT and has transited to cashless revenue collection effective July 1 2019. Customers now pay bills via MPESA and through Equity bank agents.

● The company has also installed a new billing system known as the Mobile Field Assistance (M.F.A.) for digitised metre reading and billing system that has been integrated with an USSD Code to enable customers query balances and ease payments of bills.


● Reduced water levels from the water catchment areas

● Inadequate financial resources to undertake major infrastructural expansions to address the current water deficits.

● Inadequate governance personnel because of political intrigues that led to a board that was not fully constituted. This has derailed the processes of undertaking certain major programmes, especially those that demand donor funding.
For instance, an incomplete board last year forced the World Bank to withdraw Ksh. 191 million Grant by from the company’s accounts thus derailing some infrastructural development programmes.

● The demand (56,000 m3 per day) for water is higher than what the company is able to produce (41,000 m3 per day) with the current infrastructure due to rapid population and development growth in the last one decade.

● Old infrastructure that need replacement.

● A lot water is also trapped upstream by commercial farms for irrigation causing some deficit in the intake points especially during the dry seasons.

● Excess levies and taxes.

● Unscrupulous investors have grabbed some of the land meant for the expansion of the water treatment plants.


● THIWASCO is in the process of acquiring a Ksh. 764 million grant from the World Bank to develop a new water intake at Kariminu River near Maryhill School that will add into the system, 15,000 m3 (5 million litres) per day. The project is expected to be complete within the next 36 months.

● In partnership with Kiambu Government and Athi Water Works Development Agency (AWWDA), THIWASCO has also secured a grant of Ksh. 11 billion from DANIDA to construct new water and wastewater (sewerage) treatment and conveyance infrastructure as well as rehabilitation of the old dilapidated infrastructure. This project is aimed at meeting the future water demands up to the year 2042.

● THIWASCO, under the Kenya Water Pooled Fund, also plans to replace old pumps with energy efficient motor pumps, upgrade the existing water treatment plant by installing of inclined plate settlers to increase production and improve quality and development of mini-hydro to reduce reliance on main power grid and thereby reducing production costs.

● THIWASCO also plans to set up new sewerage plants at Pilot, Kilimambogo and Nanga with a view to cover more areas. The Pilot plant will be installed with biodigester infrastructure to produce biogas that will be used to generate electricity, thus reduce power bills.

● Starting next week, the company will map out a new water rationing programme that will be more specific on areas covered and a bit detailed to help consumers plan for the availability of water in their areas of residence.

● The company also plans to continue engaging in tree planting activities to conserve the environment.

BY: Juma Hemedi

No one has the full story, but they say that he arrived late for work. The lateness earned the Kenyan Man of majority age some canes on his behind. This happens behind what is supposedly the kitchen. An action that the one doing whipping considers discipline as he punishes to correct a mistake. The only mistake of the one doing the whipping is his country of origin, which is glaringly not African. His action of whipping an African in an African Country.

Within hours the authorities apprehended the culprit, perhaps it was as a result of the online anger from the people of an African Country, a country that prides itself with the rule of law. Or may be the task of apprehending the culprit was easy due to his glaring visible contrast to the rest of the people including the spectators.

A few months back people of Kenya had gone up in arms when other citizens of belonging to the country of the 'whipping' man mistreated some Kenyans who worked in the biggest infrastructural project that connected Mombasa City to Nairobi city.

I'm always amazed by the sense of togetherness, zeal and focus online Kenyans have that pushes Authorities to action. However Kenyans have been getting 'whipped' daily by their fellow country men.

We are whipped daily on our 'behinds' by our employers, with daily insults, indignity and  mistreatment. Overworked and underpaid Kenyans continue to endure years of abuse and lack of dignity of a job. These Kenyans work as Farm hands, watchmen, house managers, low level employees in both government and Private institutions.

Kenyans suffer daily 'whipping' through increased taxation to cover for their other taxes stolen by those they elected to safeguard their resources. The corruption 'whipping' continue to send unborn children and their mothers to an early death due to lack of essential facilities in health care centres.

Kenyans are getting 'whipped' to death by the authorities charged with road safety when they allow unroadworthy vehicles to continue killing their Country men, and increase the number of orphans and vulnerable children, widows and widowers.

We are "whipped' daily when we are taking our children to public schools which are on the verge of collapse due to dilapidated infrastructure whose records show that they was repaired at a cost of soo much. But in actual sense someone 'ate' the money. When we continue to suffer water born diseases because the someone failed to do his duty.

We continue to get 'whipped' on our behinds by our media institutions when they choose to fudge the truth, and continue 'whipping' our emotions by showing us bad examples of our leaders and content that fails to give hope.

We are 'whipped' daily by injustice that is perpetrated by some people sworn to protect justice. And the others who hold the Holy books to affirm their commitment to serve and protect the Country and its citizens when all they do is serve themselves.

We are 'whipped' by the shepherds who take advantage of their flocks. Those who lie in the name of the Lord. Those who fail to be their brothers Keepers. Those who lead others into desperation and mental slavery in a way that they better get whipped and suffer physical pain, that suffer psychological and emotional pain that comes with watching your kid ask for food that you cannot afford or have the landlord lock your house for non payment.

The physical whipping is nothing compared to what we see daily with our politicians and other public servants as they show us their overflowing stomachs full of resources meant for the service delivery.

We must say NO to this kind of "WHIPPING" that brings indignities to our daily lives.

Juma Hemedi

The government has started selling houses constructed under the affordable housing programme in Nairobi, Machakos, Embu, Kiambu and Kisumu counties.

In Nairobi’s Park Road units, there are 30 1- bedroom units which will cost Sh. 1.5 million each. Each of the houses has been built on a plinth of 30 square metres.

Each of the 112,  two-bedroom units standing on a 40-square metre plinth will go for  Sh 2 million while each of the 176 units of two-bedroom houses made on a 60-square metre plinth will cost Sh 3 million.

Other houses available on Park Road are 230 three-bedroom houses made on a 60 and 80-square metre plinth area, which will go for Sh 3.5 million and Sh 4 million each, respectively.

“The Park Road housing project has been developed under AHP and the total number of units in the project is 1,370. Some of the units will be sold to civil servants while the rest have been reserved for other citizens,” Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Charles Hinga said in a statement.

A parking silo has been provided in the project and a unit parking space will be purchased separately at Sh 390,000.

The Embu, Kiambu, Machakos and Kisumu projects have been financed by Civil Servants Housing Scheme Fund (CSHSF) with the Kiambu, Embu and Machakos housing projects being at an advanced stage of completion.

“These projects will be ready this year while that of Kisumu is complete and about 50% of the units sold. In Embu, the 80 units of two-bedroom houses built on 70 square metre plinth area will go for Sh 3.5 million each while 140 units of three-bedroom houses with a master en suite, made on a 90-plinth area, will be sold at Sh 4.8 million each,” he said.

In Machakos, there are 100 units of two-bedroom houses made on 66 square metre plinth going for Sh3.3 million while another 100 units of three-bedroom master en suite houses made on 88 square metre plinth will be sold at Sh4.3 million.

Kiambu has 75 one-bedroom houses going for Sh2.3 million each, 48 units of two-bedroom homes worth Sh 4  million each and 70 units of three-bedroom master en suite houses going for Sh 5.4 million each.

In Kisumu, there are 20 units of one-bedroom houses, which are to be sold at Sh2.3 million each, 120 units of two-bedroom houses at Sh 3.6 million and 70 units of three-bedroom houses with master en suite, each going for Sh5.4 million.

“Interested serving civil servants are invited to apply for the houses commensurate with their grades,” said the PS.

Completed application forms should be returned on or before April 28 with the required minimum deposit of 10% of purchase price

Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro on Wednesday morning held talks with Danida Sustainable Infrastructure Finance (DSIF) and the Athi Water Works Development Agency with representatives from the Thika and Githunguri water and Sanitation companies in a bit to discuss the way forward on the implementation of Thika and Githunguri Water and Sanitation Improvement project with an estimated cost of Ksh16 Billion.

The project will involve, among other things, the construction of a 10m high dam on the Chania River and another 10m high dam at the Thika 3A location.

There is also provision for disposal of sewage by use of sludge suction truck in areas not served by the new network, construction of ablution blocks in Kiandutu as well as the rehabilitation of the existing abandoned hydropower plant next to Chania River.

In Githunguri, they will replace the four boreholes with new ones and a put up new storage tank at Thakwa borehole.

The projects will be implemented through the Athi Water Works Development Agency (AWWDA)

Mount Kenya University (MKU) and Bidco Africa Limited have entered into a partnership which will see MKU students gain practical skills on industry requirements.

Students pursuing manufacturing, sales and marketing and entrepreneurship courses will be placed under attachment and internship programmes at the various Bidco plants across the region.

“Bidco will offer to our students the much needed industrial field training in the fast pace industrial world. The MoU gives our students a chance to get attachment and internship opportunities at Bidco after which upon successful completion, they may either be retained as employees or get employed elsewhere,” explained MKU Acting Vice Chancellor Peter Wanderi.

Bidco Africa Group Sales and Marketing Director Chris Diaz said the move aligns to government efforts on the up skilling of youth coming out of tertiary institutions.

“With Kenya’s unemployment rate at a high of about 9.3% and about 55% of youth unemployed, this partnership is timely. It comes at a time when we are expanding with ventures in new innovative product categories,” he said.

The two institutions will also be able to hold joint conferences, workshops and seminars on topical areas that will help align the curriculum on some of the subject courses relevant to the manufacturing, sales and marketing sectors.

Former Transition Authority Chairperson Kinuthia Wamwangi has challenged Kiambu County Government to create an inventory of all residents associations within their jurisdiction to enable it effectively enhance public participation.

While speaking during 79th Bi-Monthly Talk Forum organised by the Kenya Alliance of Resident Association (Kara) at a Thika hotel, Kinuthia also challenged the county government to have a directory of civic education and public participation forums.

“Public participation is a constitutional requirement as enshrined in Articles 10 and 174 which give residents the rights to manage their own affairs. As a bare minimum, we are asking the new dispensation to facilitate at least two annual round table meetings between the residents and the county government,” he said.

Kinuthia explained that participants to these round table meetings should be drawn from representatives of residents and business associations as well as prominent opinion leaders.

“The purpose of these meetings is to plan for budget allocations according to the people’s individual needs as well as evaluating and reviewing the progress of the work done by the county government in the preceding financial year,” he explained.

The former Transition Authority chair challenged residents to always demand for proper mechanisms from the government to ensure that their input formed the basis of any policies, budget allocations and implementation.

While responding to some of the residents’ concerns, County Executive Committee (CEC) member for Planning and Urban Development James Maina said that one of the major challenges they faced as a government was over budgeting by the previous regime as well as incomplete boards, especially the Public Service Board.

“In the next 30 days, we shall constitute the Public Service Board to help us implement some of these policies. Thika has already been allocated Ksh. 305 million for development this financial year with Ksh. 150 million set aside for roads and street lighting within the CBD,” explained the CEC.

“We are also in the process of looking into the Kiambu Spatial Plan to enable us fix our challenges in the long-term and give directions to control our development plans,” he added.

Thika District Business Association (TDBA) Chairman Alfred Wanyoike challenged the county government to be proactive and predetermine solutions to challenges instead of waiting to react on them when they occurred.

Central Region Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Dan Miano asked Kiambu County to conduct a business survey (census) of all businesses in their jurisdiction and avail such data for planning and facilitation purposes, as this was the only way to achieve meaningful sustainable development.

Kara CEO Henry Ochieng’ challenged residents to always participate in issues that affected them especially matters that concerned budgeting and policy making as this was the only way they could fully benefit from the services they needed from the government.


Surely life is a fight,it is a battle. The world is the arena..the below jobs has given me a bright future I can smell. But it all starts from within. I never thought one day I  will be student like others.

I was about to give up after my KCPE exam 2007 for shame results-171 Marks. Felt like the world was about to fall under my roof.I was discouraged by a some of my peers. They told me no need of advancing my knowledge since we thought education as no key to success as the rhythm of our Dads. 

I decided go have own life and be perfect for myself .God is faithful that after a hustle of 2 good months,the little I  was able to raise was good enough for tuition fees where I went for admission in one of  Primary school in Thika Town-Mugumo-ini primary and was admitted to Class 7, that is two years back. But as the wise men says Patience pays, I didn't give up. I had to swallow the bitter herbs. Very poor grades I recorded for the first exam.

But since this was my first exam, I didn't not lose hope. I went back to drawing board and planned how I could do to improve my grades since I was a repeater therefore was embarrassing. The faithful God came on time and showed to me that it was the right time.

I thank sir God for his grace.. He says that his grace is sufficient to our lives.. you never know what the future holds for.. You can only feel the pain through experience. Many especially my teachers encouraged me to work hand and others gave the tips for a better performance.I practiced day in day out..and finally I made it to my very best. After my KCPE results, I was able to double the previous KCPE marks.

The congratulatory messages flowed in and felt my day had come. Now the big task was approaching:to join the school of my choice. Unfortunately or fortunately did not make it. I had to enroll in a nearby Broadway Secondary School.

I still didn't give up. I followed the same route: working tirelessly throughout the four years. Success comes after hard work. The results were out. My hard work bore fruits. I celebrated.

After form four, I now embarked to my small business in order to raise some money to enable me to join University. I worked tirelessly day and night. My Faithful God did not let me down. At least I had something in my pocket. It was not enough."a child who like work,doesn't lack one to wash him". I had to seek help from my friends and people of well wishers whom also didn't let me down (Thank you all).

I now joined one of the leading universities in Kenya- Moi university Taking Mathematics and Business Studies.

Now the same job is taking part for my university school accommodation fee.

My dreams are now becoming real. Soon I will graduate and God willing enroll my Masters and there after PhD. "If you can't fly, then run.if you can't run, then walk, if you can't walk, then crawl but whatever you do, keep on moving forward "~ Martin Luther King Jr.


- Never underestimate yourself, you're wonderfully made in the image and likeness of God.
- Always trust in God for He cares for us.
- Always believe you can. What man can do, you can also do better
- Never give up if you still feel you have not achieved your dreams of live.
- Be yourself.you're your own boss.Be your own supreme court. Uphold what is right and nullify what is wrong.
- Don't ever belittle anything that your hand receives be it small or big . The impact of it in future is remarkable lets trust in lord and all shall be well. He is our financier.

Cecilia Njoki Mbugua receiving the certificate of lease for her parcel of land from the Ombudsman’s Chairperson Florence Kajuju on September 23, 2019.

One of the key pieces of evidence that helped convict Governor Ferdinand Waititu was that he dispossessed Cecilia Njoki Mbugua, a widow, of her Sh 100 million property in Thika town through blackmail.

Njoki only got her property back after the intervention of the Commission on Administrative Justice (Ombudsman).

Her predicaments started after she successfully applied for county approval to develop her property in 2013, only for the letter to be cancelled on grounds that it was public land, earmarked for construction of a jua kali market by the county government.

However, she successfully challenged the position at the Milimani courts in Nairobi but in another effort to frustrate her, Waititu forwarded her properties to the National Land Commission (NLC) for investigations as soon as the period for appeal was over.

Property surrendered In December 2017, she received a call from Waititu’s office informing her that the governor wanted to see her regarding the approvals, and during their meeting, he promised to approve them on condition that she surrendered two of the properties.

According to her testimony at the Ombudsman, Njoki said she agreed to surrender her land in Thika “under a lot of duress considering the fact that it had taken long to get the approval”.

A search conducted on the land on August 31, 2012 shows that it belonged to Njoki. A Green Card was tabled before the Senate as proof. But on January 2, 2018, a certificate of lease for land totalling to 0.135ha was issued in favour of Esther Wamuyu Nyatu, another woman alleged to be the governor’s second wife.

On September 23, 2019, the transfers were cancelled in favour of the widow and a certificate of lease issued under her name following the Ombudsman’s intervention.

The Chairperson of the Commission Florence Kajuju presented two tittle deeds for Thika Municipality Block XI/877 and 878 to Ms. Cecilia Njoki Mbugua which had been irregularly transferred by officials from the County Government of Kiambu. They also Ombudsman also directed the Kiambu County Government to expedite the long overdue approvals of the development plans to enable Ms Mbugua embark on her project.

Further, the Commission has called upon Land Registrars to exercise due diligence while conducting land transfers including inviting all interested parties for consent.

In this matter, Waititu breached the Constitution, Article 40, the right to property and the law in terms of abuse of office.

Del Monte Kenya Limited (DMKL) has noted with concern false representation of facts by a section of the media in relation to the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) gazette notice.

In a statement sent to media houses by its Managing Director Stergios Gkaliamoutsas, DMKL clarified that the Competition Authority’s investigations were in relation to a missing wording on the packaging of one of their products.

This omission, Stergios said, had been corrected and the packaging amended long before the Authority contacted the company, a position that was acknowledged by both parties leading to a settlement.

“At no point did the quality, safety and integrity of Del Monte Kenya’s products suffer nor were the high production and hygiene standards in dispute,” he said.

The MD stressed Del Monte Kenya’s commitment to delivering the best food safety & quality.

“In order to guarantee this, the Company complies to the highest Quality standards, and voluntarily maintains the Food Safety System Certification (FSSC 22000:2011 Certificate), which incorporates the ISO 22000:2005 and ISO/TS 22002-1 standards.  In addition, the Company is certified as per the International Featured Standard (IFS) for foods and the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety,” concluded Stergios.

The construction of the Ksh. 30 billion Maumau road is set to start next month.
The 540km road will traverse Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri and Nyandarua through the Aberdares Belt and adjacent areas, with a link road to Njabini and to Naivasha and another link road from Kimende to Mai Mahiu. 
The construction of these roads will take approximately three years to complete. 
The road will be in several sections which will begin with lot 1A in Kiambu county where the road will start at Gataka, along the Kiambu-Limuru road, heading north through Gitiha-Iria-in-Kagaa-Matimbei to Kamahindi with the entire road project measuring about 105km. 
Lot 1B is still in Kiambu county and this section forms part of the larger road network along the Aberdare forest which is a major tea growing zones.  
The project starts at Kamahindu along Githunguri, Kimende, Gatamaiyu, Nduriri, Kagungo, Nyanduma, Wangui, Mundoro, Gaitete, Gacharage, Kuri, Kamunyka, Raini, Kariminu, Mataara and ends at Gatakaini. The entire project road is approximately 112km. 
Lot 2 of the road construction will be in Muranga County where the project will start at Mairi through Kinyona, Mununga, Ichichi, Thuthu, Wanjere, Kagongo, Mioro, Kiamuturi and ends at Kairo. 
Lot 3 of the road will be in Nyeri County where the road passes through Kairo, Ngaru, Kabebero, Kihome, Kirangi, Munyange, Gituiga, Ihithe, Wndumbi, Gatumbero, Kigogo, Ini-Huhoni, Gaithuri, Gathathini, Sunset, Chania/Kambi, Miagayuini, Kahigaini, Njoguini, Ihururu, Nyarugumu, Kihuyo and ends at Njengo.  
The total road sections are 109km. 
Gatakaini–Njabini road will make a direct link between Murang’a and Nyandarua counties while the Naivasha–Njabini road will improve the link between Nakuru and Nyandarua counties. 
Important market centres including Naivasha, Njabini, Kinyona, and Gatura will be well interconnected with tarmac roads.

Newly nominated Education CAS Zack Kìnùthia. has promised to devote all his energies to ensure all Class 8 pupils transit to the next level irregardless of their family backgrounds.

In an exclusive interview, Kinuthia also promised to devote efforts to ensure the success of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) saying that the future of this nation depended on its implementation.

He appealed to all elected and appointed leaders from the Mt. Kenya region to shelve their differences and rally behind President Uhuru Kenyatta in his quest to actualise his Big 4 Agenda projects.



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