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State promises Sh3.5 billion for roads' upgrade in Nyandarua

By Antony Gitonga | February 22nd 2016
Deputy President William Ruto addresses residents at Ndunyu Njeru trading centre in Nyandarua county after attending a church service in the county. pic\Charles Kimani\DPPS

The Government will spend Sh3.5 billion on tarmacking 90km of road in the agriculture-rich county.

Yesterday, Deputy President William Ruto said the move would open up the county, which is one of the country's food baskets.

"The Government is committed to improving road infrastructure in Nyandarua County and we have allocated Sh3.5 billion towards this exercise," he said.

Speaking at Ndunyu Njeru Blessed Baldo Catholic Church in Kinangop constituency, Ruto further promised 35 milk coolers for all the wards in the county.

He said this would help preserve hundreds of litres of milk, which usually go to waste during the hot season and also help farmers improve their earnings. "The Government is fully behind farmers and we shall offer them market for their produce and milk coolers for value addition," he said.

On education, Ruto said, "We have many youths who require further education and we shall construct technical colleges in every constituency in Nyandarua."

During the church service, the DP said the Government was keen to improve the health sector and had already released Sh425 million to revamp Ol Kalou Sub-County Hospital.

He added that the Government had allocated another Sh380 million towards construction of a public hospital in Engineer town, Kinangop constituency.

Ruto, who was accompanied by a host of MPs, was optimistic that Jubilee would clinch the Kericho senatorial seat.

He said despite some MPs and governors from URP campaigning for the Kanu candidate, he was confident Jubilee would have a field day. "I'm 90 per cent sure that we shall clinch the Kericho senatorial seat and prove our detractors wrong as Jubilee is the party for 2017," he said.

Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said Central Kenya was fully behind Ruto come 2022. "We are surprised that some people in Rift Valley are opposed to the DP who has the blessing of Central Kenya," he said.

Nyandarua Woman Representative Wanjiku wa Muhia praised the DP and promised him the region's support.

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