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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sobering news as pubs outnumber churches, schools in Murang’a

Leaders from Murang’a county castigated Murang’a county governor Mwangi Wa Iria for issuing pub licences with abandon thereby outnumbering churches and schools.
Speaking at Muruka ACK Church in Kandara during the upgrading of the parish to archdeaconary, Murang’a South ACK Bishop Julius Karanu, Murang’a senator Kembi Gitura MPs Alice Muthoni Wahome (Kandara), Jamleck Kamau (Kigumo), former Kandara MP Joshua Toro and MCAs said concerted efforts were required to fight brewing, sale and its consumption in the county.
“We must stop hiding our heads in the sand and call a spade a spade and not a big spoon. The illicit brew menace is a very serious challenge to us and requires urgent intervention by all and sundry and not individual chestthumping because one has money,” said MP Kamau in a veiled reference to Governor Wa Iria.
Kamau said it was unfortunate that most of the leaders in Murang’a county had started early campaigns for the 2017 polls and the Uhuru Kenyatta succession battle in 2022.
“We must concentrate in development matters now. Seats will be rendered vacant come polls day,” he said. The leaders called for unity of purpose for the prosperity of the county. They said divisive politics retarded development.
He called on the government to ensure that Murang’a town which is in the Nairobi Metropolis is serviced by the proposed Kenol-Murang’a dual carriage highway. “If the road doesn’t pass through Murang’a town and instead go to Sagana via Makuyu, Murang’a will be landlocked that is totally unacceptable.
Muthoni, Kembi and Kamau said they had talked to Uhuru over the matter when he toured Murang’a recently. During the ceremony Kamau and Muthoni contributed Sh100,000 each to help the church.
Muthoni said she has uplifted education standards in Kandara and urged stakeholders to join her in her endeavour. She said the Murang’a county government should account for every penny it got from the government.
“We are not feeling the impact of funds from the county,” she said. The leaders supported the Murang’a northern water collector tunnel.