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KES. 153 million Thika CBD roads re-carpeting, street lighting to be launched next month.

Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro will in June 2020 officially launch a KES. 153 million roads re-carpeting and street lighting project on all the streets within Thika Central Business District (CBD).

Speaking in Kiandutu slums on Wednesday when he accompanied Principal Secretary, State Department for Housing and Urban Development Charles Hinga Mwaura to ascertain the impact of the Kazi Mtaani National Hygiene Programme, the governor acknowledged the poor state of the roads and promised to help the town regain its lost glory.

He thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for choosing Kiambu County to be among the first eight beneficiaries of the Kazi Mtaani programme and promised to expand this national government’s initiative by involving more youth from the other areas of the town in similar activities.

“As a county, we will also look for more youth who will help us in clean up other areas of the town. We will also boost the national government’s initiative through addition of more toilets within Kiandutu so as to improve the sanitation of this area, among other programmes,” he said.

He promised that, beginning the next Financial Year (June 2020), the county government would employ more people in a bid to improve and enhance service delivery to the people of Kiambu.

On his part, PS Hinga said that the government was about to begin the second phase of the Kazi Mtaani National Hygiene Programme that will include improvement of road infrastructure, construction of toilets, improvement of bus termini, markets and schools among other labour 
intensive activities.

“Phase I of this programme is in 28 informal settlements from 8 counties that are most hit by the COVID-19 restrictions. Currently, the programme has employed 26,114 youth,” explained the PS.

Hinga added that out of the KES. 354 million set aside for the programme, KES. 300 million had been allocated for wages with the balance of KES. 54 million going to programmes such as the production of face masks by slum youth.

Present at the occasion included Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga.

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