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President Ruto's visit spells good tides as he brings more water and affordable housing projects to Thika

President William Ruto has commissioned the Affordable Housing Project in Thika Town that will see the construction of 975 units. The project will see 2,500 youth get a Sh. 125 million tender to supply building materials and labour at the former Government Quarters Grounds.

Earlier in the day, the president led the ground-breaking of the sh. 4.5 billion Karimenu II Dam Water Supply in Ngoingwa.  The water treatment plant that has a capacity of 20 million litres a day will serve more than 500,000 people in Ruiru, Juja, Thika, parts of Gatundu and Nairobi.

The deliberate expansion of access to safe water to all Kenyans guarantees them improved health, offers our children an opportunity to unlock their education potential besides driving our country’s economic prosperity.

While speaking at the Thika Stadium roundabout, the president said that the government had set aside Sh. 10 billion to put up a special economic zone at the Del Monte land that will employ about 50,000 people.

Area MP Alice Ng’ang’a thanked the president for the Karimenu Dam project and requested his government to ensure residents of Kiandutu and Kiang’ombe got title deeds. She also pleaded with him to upgrade Mukiriti Market.

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She said that she was thrilled to welcome the president noting that his presence marked a remarkable moment as he broke the ground for Karimenu II Dam Water Project and the construction of 975 housing units that will transform lives right here in Thika-Town Constituency.

“Access to clean water and safe housing is the foundation of a thriving community, and today's launch is a significant step forward in ensuring a better future for our constituents,” said the MP.

Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi said that his administration was in the process of putting up 156 modern business stall around Thika Stadium to accommodate the rising numbers of street vendors. He appealed to the president to give Thika an EPZ zone adding that they had already gazetted a hundred acres of land at Del Monte to put up the special economic zone.

The governor added that his government planned to build 50,000 affordable housing units in the municipalities of Lari, Limuru, Kikuyu, Kabete, Kiambu, Githunguri, Gatundu, Juja, Ruiru, Githurai, and Thika in collaboration with the State Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

“The team has already agreed to start the project's first phase in Kikuyu, Limuru, Kiambu, and Thika Sub Counties, where the county has already identified land for the purpose,” he said.

Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria promised to construct the EPZ zone in Thika. He stressed that the government remained fully committed to honuoring its pledges to the people of Mt Kenya region and all Kenyans at large in line with the “Bottom Up Economic Transformation Agenda” (BETA).

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