Massive development under way
A mammoth peace rally at the General Kassam Njogu stadium ,Kianyaga ahead of this year's Mashujaa Day convened by leaders from Kirinyaga County led by PS Interior Karanja Kibicho
The National Government is undertaking massive infrastructure development in Kirinyaga County ahead of the Mashujaa Day celebrations next month .
Among such notable development is the re-carpeting of the Gathigiriri – Wanguru road which passes near the local Airstrip in Mwea .
The celebrations will be held at the Wanguru stadium which is also undergoing modernisation at a cost of Sh 300 million to International standards .
According to the National Celebrations Committee Chairman Karanja Kibicho the development is in line with the government policy to carry out such undertakings in Counties where the fete is held every year.
Internal PS Karanja Kibicho briefing the media on the progress of the ongoing peace building meetings amongst Kirinyaga leaders ahead of Mashujaa Day celebrations at the General Kassam Njogu stadum yesterday.
“Since President Uhuru Kenyatta took over the reins of leadership in 2013 , he came up with a policy to have the Madaraka and Mashujaa Days celebrated at selected counties outside Nairobi unlike before “, he said.
Kibicho who is also the Interior and Coordination Principal Secretary said any county which was chosen to host the fete ended up benefiting from massive development as was now being witnessed in Kirinyaga .
“By having these Fetes at the county level and being presided over by the Head of State also provided a rare opportunity to see their president at a close range rather than when they see him of Television ,”he added .
Yesterday during a meeting with local elected leaders , upcoming ones and senior government officials at the General Kassam Njogu stadium ,Kianyaga Kibicho urged wananchi to maintain the highest degree of discipline during the celebrations .
Kibicho said a series of peace building meetings are ongoing in the area and attended by the respective leaders where it has been agreed anyone who could be planning to cause chaos or transport hooligans to disrupt the fete by shouting down the occasion would be dealt with ruthlessly .
“We must accord the highest respect to the Head of State on this great day be being calm and welcoming to the guests who will be accompanying him at the venue ,” the official said.
And while attending such meetings , “General “Andrew Ngirici has distanced himself from such criminal acts and assured the government he has since started preaching peace like any other leader for the sake of the county though harsh tag Kirinyaga Kwanza.
Ngirici who commands a huge following in the area and who admitted he used to hurl insults at Kibicho has since tendered a public apology to the official and promised to ensure peace prevailed at all times .
He told the gathering at Kianyaga all leaders from the area should work together for the good of the people noting that regardless of the positions they held , they were still from the county.
The area Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici who doubles as the ‘’ General’s” wife also promised to ensure peace and tranquility prevailed before, during and after the celebrations as an honour the Heroes and Heroines of the nation .
She has since declared her intent to vie for the local gubernatorial seat come next year and dethrone the current holder of the coveted seat Anne Waiguru .
The meetings which will continue through next week will also include church leaders since they also have a stake in the matter , according to the coordination and PS Infrastructure Professor Mwangi Maringa .