By Allan Wanjiku
Kigumo legislator Wangari Mwaniki has reprimanded the road contractors working in various projects in Kigumo to employ 70 per cent of their work force from the area.
Her visit to the site of a Chinese contractor followed a series of complaints from the residents of Kangari, Kinyona and Munuga areas who accused a road contractor of employing people from other regions at the expense of area residents.
They claimed the contractor working on Kinyona-Munuga-Njabini road has employed a big percentage of workers from outside the locality going against the policy.
While expressing the locals’ claims to the engineers from both the contractor and the officials of Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) the MP said Kigumo has many educated people who deserve to be given employment opportunities in the ongoing construction works as provided by law.
“There is a legal provision that locals must be given 70 percent of jobs in road construction works, the contractor must follow the law so that the locals benefit from these projects,” Ms Mwaniki said.
The MP said after consulting the relevant agencies, her people would see the outcomes of her push in the next few weeks.
She took the opportunity to enumerate the enormous gains that will be brought about by Sh30 billion road project upon completion and which will connect Muranga and Nyandarua counties in one edge while on the other a link between Muranga and Nyeri will be found along the Mau Mau road.
She praised Uhuru Kenyatta led government for initiating the project saying the road will help put money in the pockets of Kigumo people as it will spur the economy given that a huge per centage of locals from Nyandarua and Kigumo are farmers who depend on each other in agri business.
The Mp who has a vast experience on exportation matters promised to impact her skills on exportation to locals for them to get the opportunity to grow export crops considering that transportation of the produce would be easier once the road was completed without mentioning the upcoming state of art market that is earmarked for construction at Kangari market which will be constructed at a tune of Sh300 million
Before her election as the area MP, Ms Mwaniki served as a CEO for Export Promotions Council. (EPC).