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Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu led Thika residents in demolishing perimeter walls of a plot allegedly grabbed, and which has blocked the drainage system leading to floods.
Speaking at the scene, Waititu, accompanied by several Kaimbu MCAs, helped unclog the blocked drainage systems. Waititu said his government will work around the clock to reclaim all grabbed land in his county.
He further said unlicensed developers will not be spared either. “Drainage problem in Thika and Kiambu is as a result of developers putting up structures which are not licensed, therefore interfering with the flow of water, especially during the rainy season,” he said. He said land that has been grabbed will be reclaimed and handed back to the public.
The Kaimbu governor castigated land grabbers for stealing from the public and promised to establish proper planning to counter disasters. “We have laid down proper land planning measures to counter tragedies such as the one witnessed in Thika town.
As Kiambu government, we will not sit and watch public land being stolen by greedy individuals who do not seem to care about the interest of the common mwannachi,” said Waititu. He said floods in Gatukuyu and Mang’u villages in Gatundu North sub county are as a result of unplanned development.
He, however, said his government was yet to set a budget for the function but added that as soon as the proposed one is approved, some funds will be set aside for disaster management.
“My government is yet to set aside disaster management funds but we will do so in due time. We have also started putting up measures to redirect water flowing in Gatundu to River Chania as we seek to arrest flooding in Thika,” he added. He called on residents to work with his government and security agencies to mitigate loss of life and property.