300km paved roads in Laikipia vote push

Nyahu­ruru and Ru­mu­ruti set to ben­e­fit

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ELIUD WAITHAKA @TheS­tarKenya

Laikipia county will have more than 300km of tar­mac road start­ing next year, Devolution CS Mwangi Ki­un­juri has said.

Speak­ing in Nanyuki town yes­ter­day, Ki­un­juri said the county will ben­e­fit from in­fra­struc­ture projects to be launched by the na­tional gov­ern­ment. The county has less than 100km of tar­ma­cked roads.

Some of the roads to be up­graded are Nanyuki-Mu­tara-Gwa Kung’u road, Naro­moru-La­muria road, and the Ki­namba-Sip­ili-Njangili stretch. Oth­ers are in Nanyuki , Nyahu­ruru towns and Ru­mu­ruti Town­ship.

Ki­un­juri urged the res­i­dents to sup­port the gov­ern­ment so they can ben­e­fit from more de­vel­op­ment.

“We must tell you what the gov­ern- ment is do­ing be­cause these are facts. This is not pol­i­tics as some peo­ple may sug­gest,” Ki­un­juri said.

On lo­cal pol­i­tics Ki­un­juri, who lost the gov­er­nor’s race to Joshua Irungu in 2013, said he has no pre­ferred can­di­date for any seat.

Cab­i­net sec­re­taries are sup­posed to be tech­nocrats and are not al­lowed to en­gage in pol­i­tics.

Gov­er­nor hope­fuls are for­mer For­eign Af­fairs PS Thuita Mwangi, busi­ness­man Mburu Ka­mau, for­mer Laikipia West MP Nder­itu Muri­ithi and tech­no­crat James Mathenge. Oth­ers are deputy gov­er­nor Gi­tonga Kabugi, re­cently sacked county sec­re­tary John Mwaniki and the in­cum­bent Joshua Irungu.

Re­gional pol­i­tics in the county will be a ma­jor fac­tor in elec­tions, as res­i­dents from Laikipia East and Laikipia North sub­coun­ties feel marginalised. Ki­un­juri has said he will not stand but will sup­port the re­elec­tion of UhuRuto.

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