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Construction of part of Mau Mau road on the right track

Mau Mau road which currently is under construction is expected to boost tea and coffee farming in upper parts of Murang’a County once it is completed.

The road which cuts across tea and coffee farms will facilitate easy transportation of farm produce to factories and local markets.

Currently the contractor doing Lot 2 of Mau Mau road which mostly covers Murang’a County has done 85-kilometre site clearing and grubbing.

Already more than five kilometres have been upgraded to bitumen standard with the contractor targeting to tarmac more than 50 kilometres by end of this year.

Resident Engineer, Francis Atibu said they are moving fast to ensure before short rains starts, they will have done subbase of all 153 kilometres.

He observed that unfavorable weather conditions may pose challenges in smooth construction of the road explaining that they are committed to ensure all link roads are improved to passable standards even during the rainy season.

“All roads which make up Mau Mau road are used to transport tea and coffee produce and we want to ensure they are upgraded to subbase level before rains start,” averred Atibu.

The Engineer spoke when members of the County Development Implementation and Coordination Committee (CDICC) toured and inspected the progress of the road on Saturday.

The Mau Mau road which covers a total of 500 kilometres links four counties including Nyeri, Murang’a, Kiambu and Nyandarua.

Members of Murang’a CDICC inspecting part of Mau Mau road

The road, apart from being earmarked to boost agriculture and ecotourism in the Aberdare ranges, it is also meant to honour the independence war veterans.

Atibu added that despite the challenge posed by unfavorable weather conditions, they are targeting to finish tarmacking the road by late next year.

“The road is expected to be completed in May 2023, but without many challenges, we are aiming to be through with the road by the end of next year” he added.

The road will also include counties in the central region with the rift valley thus boosting economic activities.

The CDICC chairman Mr. Fredrick Ndunga expressed satisfaction with the progress of the road saying the contractor has done much for the short period he has been on the site.

“The progress is good and we expect the road to be completed earlier than given time so as to facilitate easy transportation of tea to factories.

“The road cuts across rich agricultural areas thus the need to hasten its construction for the benefit of farmers,” he added.

Meanwhile Ndunga directed the contractor to solve drainage problems which locals have raised.

Poor drainage, the locals complained, may trigger landslides thus putting their lives and properties at risk of destruction.

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