Kangema Sub county of Murang’a stands to benefit from the ongoing construction of the Mau Mau road which is expected to traverse counties in the larger Mount Kenya region
Out of 153 kilometres of the link road that connects five sub counties of Murang’a, Kangema will get a total of 120 kilometres.
Other sub counties within Murang’a which are linked by the Mau Mau road include, Mathioya, Kiharu, Kigumo and Gatanga.
Resident Engineer Francis Atibu on Wednesday told KNA that Kangema has many tributaries which are linked to the main road that runs at the periphery of Aberdare forests.
The tributaries, he said include old and new roads which will be upgraded to bitumen standards in a project slated to be completed by end of next year.
“There are some roads which were tarmacked some years back but currently are dilapidated and in the Mau Mau road project, the roads need to be rehabilitated and improved to high standards.
“Some of the roads which need to be rehabilitated and improved to higher standards include Kangema-Kanyenyaini, Mihuti-Wajerere, and also Kenya njeru-Kihoya-Wajerere.” Highlighted Atibu.
Mau Mau road, which is one of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy projects, is designed to follow routes which were used by the independence war veterans.
The road with a total length of about 500 kilometres links four counties including Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri and Nyandarua.
The infrastructure is earmarked to shorten routes between east of Abardare ranges and the Great Rift Valley thus boosting economic activities within the two regions.
Atibu noted that already more than 10 kilometres have been tarmacked in the Lot2 of the project saying ongoing rains have disrupted construction works.
“Due to ongoing rains, we have slowed the ground works and now we have embarked on transporting construction materials as we wait for the rains to reduce.
“Our target was to tarmac more than 17 kilometres by close of December but this will not be tenable due to heavy rains pounding areas neighbouring Abardare forests.” He added.
Residents of the sub county have lauded the project saying it will ensure easy transportation of farm produce to markets.
Main crops grown in the region covered by the road include tea, coffee and horticulture, with locals saying the project once completed will support ecotourism.