Mau Mau road- the game changer in central and beyond


Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia during his tour of the 'Mau Mau' road in Murang'a County. Photo | Courtesy

By: N. George

Worth Noting:

  • Trade between Murang’a and Nyandarua counties will receive a major boost along and around the Kinyona–Gatare–Njabini road. The existence of Naivasha–Njabini road will improve the link between Nakuru and Nyandarua counties further enhancing trade opportunities in the counties and beyond.
  • Other benefits the Mau mau road is expected to bring include increased movement of both passengers and freight, improve access to regional and national markets for both agricultural and industrial products in and out of the central region. The road safety will also improve as traffic will be minimized. Security will be boosted through street lighting.
  • Important market centres including Naivasha, Njabini, Kinyona, and Gatura will be well interconnected with tarmac roads.
Mau Mau Road underconstruction

Mau mau road is a 540 km government funded project expected to be constructed within a time frame of about 36 months and intended to transverse through Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri and Nyandarua counties at a cost of 30 billion an average of about 55 million per kilometre.

The road is being built in sections beginning with the first section 1A in Kiambu county project with the construction starting point at Gataka in Githunguri, along Kiambu- Limuru road then head northern direction towards Gitiha, Iria-ini, kagaa, Matimbei and Kamahindi. The whole stretch of these sections will measure about 105 km.

Lot 1B which forms the part of the larger road network along Aberdare Forest is still in Kiambu county and this section forms part of the larger road network along the Aberdare Forest which is a major tea growing zones. The project starts at Kamahindu along Githunguri, Kimende, Gatamaiyu, Nduriri, Kagungo, Nyanduma, Wangui, Mundoro, Gaitete, Gacharage, Kuri, Kamunyka, Raini, Kariminu, Mataara and ends at Gatakaini. The entire project road is approximately 112km.

Lot 2 will be in Murang’a county where the road project will be constructed to link several points starting from Mairi going through Kinyona, Mununga, Ichichi, Thuthu, Wanjere, Kagongo, Mioro, Kiamuturi ending at Kairo.

Lot 3 of the road will be in Nyeri County. It will start at Kairo then pass through Ngaru, Kabebero, Kihome, Kirangi, Munyange, Gituiga, Ihithe, Wndumbi, Gatumbero, Kigogo-ini, Huhoni, Gaithuri, Gathathini, Sunset, Chania/Kambi, Miagayu-ini, Kahiga-ini, Njogu-ini, Ihururu, Nyarugumu, Kihuyo and ends at Njengo. The total road sections are 109km.

Trade between Murang’a and Nyandarua counties will receive a major boost along and around the Kinyona–Gatare–Njabini road. The existence of Naivasha–Njabini road will improve the link between Nakuru and Nyandarua counties further enhancing trade opportunities in the counties and beyond.

Other benefits the Mau mau road is expected to bring include increased movement of both passengers and freight, improve access to regional and national markets for both agricultural and industrial products in and out of the central region. The road safety will also improve as traffic will be minimized. Security will be boosted through street lighting.

Important market centres including Naivasha, Njabini, Kinyona, and Gatura will be well interconnected with tarmac roads.

Apart from the main road that will pass through Lari constituency, there shall be about 85kms of additional roads joining the Mau Mau main road. They will connect the road to two major highways, which are the Nairobi-Nakuru highway and also the Nairobi-Maai Mahiu Road. Some parts of Lari constituency like Kirenga, Kamburu and Nyanduma will be able to take their dairy produce easily to the market.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport and infrastructure James Macharia in a KeNHA documentary said the road shall have huge benefits to the people of the said region.

“It is very sentimental to us as a country, previously these roads were cattle tracks which were used as a means of communication by freedom fighters, but now most importantly is to exploit and to leverage on the huge economic potential in particular agriculture,” CS Macharia said.

Some of the notable freedom fighters were Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi from Nyeri, Generals Kago and Ihura from Murang’a and General Waruingi from Kiambu county.

Former Director-General of the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), Engineer Peter Mundinia speaking to media during construction said besides the facts that they are honouring the freedom fighters by naming one of their roads Mau Mau Road, the importance of that road is more than that.

Mundinia said the toad shall increase connectivity and enhance food production and manufacturing.

“Connection between those counties has not been there, but with Mau Mau Road we are going to have good integration between counties,” Engineer Mundinia said.

Mountain Fresh Milk dairy manager, Maxwell Mwenda told media said they expect by the completion of the project they will be able to provide services to the 9,000 farmers in addition to having access to more areas where can get milk from.

KeNHA is also working with National museums in identifying and setting up tourist sites that will honour the Mau Mau heroes and offer opportunity for Kenyans to learn the rich but sometimes painful history of our country’s past. Aberdare and Mt. Kenya tourism circuits will be opened

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