KSh. 32 Billion Nairobi - Thika Highway Hit Hard by Scrap Metal Thieves Just Days Before the Official Opening by the President
Media tour of Thika Road to showcase the gains made over the construction period and also expose the extent of vandals that have descended on the road signs.
On Monday this week, the Kenya National Highways Authority, KeNHA organised a media tour in a bid to show the public through the media the current state of the highway and the ever persistent problem of highway furniture vandalism. The event was well planned and here is how the day begun.
The tour began at The Stanely Hotel which was the meeting point after which we departed for the Chiromo Interchange (Museum Hill). At Chromo Flyover the convoy started for Thika but with interruptions along the way for inspection of the highway.
After the Chiromo Fly-over the convoy now joined by KeNHA team of up to 10 vehicles left and made a brief stop at Ojijo Fly-over due to a spotted vandalised switchboard for the street lamps. In this case, the entire switchgear was ripped off the wires. So sad.
The convoy departed Ojijo to another vandalised location at Pangani where a whole street light went missing the day before. This time round the vandals cut the entire street lams and made off with it. Such work cannot be done by 1 person, which leaves us with many questions. Are we Kenyans not proud of this piece of infrastructure? Why hasn't the scrap metal been banned till now? Read along...
The next point was at Muthaiga where the vandals hit harder this time. Here they made off with a considerable length of guard rails.
The Highway will be officially opened by H.E Kibaki at a ceremony that will be held in Thika at the new circular interchange where a plague that has the necessary details will be unveiled. The plague will be parallel to the highway where the plate facing the highway will be unveiled.
And that is the KSh. 30 billion Nairobi - Thika Highway in the brink of falling apart due to vandalism. At the end of the day its up to us to make it last since a road sign stolen today is an accident tomorrow. If you steal a traffic sign that was to warn drivers of danger ahead, the next day a bus driver is not warned and many lives are lost as a result of one-man's action. #ToaSauti, Tweet when you witness the above vices but remember DON'T TEXT WHILE DRIVING!
Kenya national Highway Authority's boss, Eng. Meshack Kidenda expressed concern over the rate of highway furniture theft. He went on and said that its our very safety that we're compromising if we steal the items on the roads. On the other hand, Scrap metal dealers were warned of buying items stolen from the roads.
The Nairobi - Thika Highway was built at a cost close to KSh. 32 billion which was funded by the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and partly funded by the Kenyan Government. The project took 4 years to be completed. President Mwai Kibaki is expected to officially open it on Friday this week.