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Date: 18 January 2017 00:16
Farmers in Tharaka-Nithi have a reason to smile following the start of tarmacking of the 23 kilometre Kajiunduthi-Weru road which will ease transport and allow them to transport agricultural produce in time.
The tarmacking project was launched Tuesday by Senator Kithure Kindiki.
The road is being built by Don Woods Company Limited and will take at most one year to be completed.
Speaking during the launch at Kajiunduthi Secondary School, Prof Kindiki said the road will boost agriculture and local economy.
“The construction will improve transport to the tea growing zones,” said Prof Kindiki.
The road is among five others under construction in the county.
MORE TARMAC ROADS
Senator Kindiki praised the government for financing the building of hundreds of kilometres of roads in the county within four years of Jubilee administration, noting that by 2013 there were only 15 kilometres of tarmacked roads in the county.
Prof Kindiki said with the help of other leaders, he will ensure each of the 15 wards in the county has 15 kilometres of tarmacked roads by 2021, when he will be quitting the senatorial seat to contest for the presidency.
Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki asked the contractor to employ locals.
“More than 80 per cent of the casuals should be locals,” said Mr Mbiuki.
The senator asked the residents who are not registered as voters and have reached the age of 18 years to take advantage of the one-month registration exercise being conducted by IEBC.
He said local leaders will ensure as many voters as possible, especially in Jubilee strongholds are registered in readiness for the August 8 elections.
“We want every person who has attained 18 years to register so that we can vote back Mr Kenyatta and other Jubilee leaders,” said the legislator.