Kiambu County Projects Uhuru's team in trouble after splashing billions in this County

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The area has become the "centre of projects."

President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto. Uhuru has been accused of favouring Kiambu County. play President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto. Uhuru has been accused of favouring Kiambu County. (PSCU/File)

The recent launch of numerous projects which cost tax payers billions of cash has put President Uhuru Kenyatta’s second term on the never-seen-before check, owing to the perceived favouritism in developing Kiambu County.

Hundreds of Kenyans thronged social media on Monday after a story carried by the Standard headlined ‘State plans to spend billions on Uhuru backyard projects’ surfaced, in which Kiambu County has been described as “centre of massive development projects rolled out after years of what residents viewed as neglect by past regimes.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who hails from Kiambu County, and the only county which has produced two of Kenya’s four presidents, has been accused of splashing massive funds in on county, as opposed to the deserving counties.

play Some of the projects highlighted by the Standard. (Courtesy)

Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, taking on twitter, implored of the state of segregation, terming it a divisive factor, in fact, in recognising Mr Kenyatta’s presidency, which has been at the centre of political disputes since August last year.

“So the government expects our people to recognize it when a whooping Ksh 63.3 billion worth of projects is given to Kiambu and nothing to Kakamega,” the former Senator tweeted.

 

“I have been complaining about the number of projects going to Kiambu for a while now. Good its finally in the media. Neighboring Kajiado county cannot get a single road paved in Rongai or Kitengela. Two towns that are more populous than any town in Kiambu bar Thika,” added another Twitter user.

 

Massive projects

On January 13, DP Ruto announced that the government had set aside Sh50 billion to fund a Karemenu Dam water project in Gatundu North. He spoke at a funeral in Gathurui-in area in Githunguri.

The DP also announced that the government had set aside nearly Sh 17 billion for Ruiru Two dam water project.

Just last week, DP Ruto commissioned the construction of a Sh 25 billion Gakuyu-Mataara road in Gatundu North. Another whooping Sh 800 million has been set aside to rehabilitate the 26-km Githunguri-Kagwe-Kimende Road in Githunguri and Lari Constituencies.

play Transport CS James Macharia. (Courtesy)

There are plans to also construct a 16-kilometre Western Bypass that will pass through Gitaru-Ndenderu-Wangige to Ruaka at a cost of Sh17 billion. The Western Bypass will join the Nairobi-Nakuru highway at Gitaru. The construction of the Ruaka-Banana-Limuru-Thogoto-Gikambura-Mutarakwa road is also ongoing.

In 2016, Transport principal secretary James Macharia launched the construction of 80 kilometres of roads worth Sh5 billion in Gatundu South and Thika town constituencies. Last year, the Government announced it had set aside Sh1.5 billion for construction of two bypasses in Thika.

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