By Obegi Malack
Kajiado North constituency will now get more streetlights in Phase 5 of street lighting in the region.
Member of Parliament Joseph Manje and the office of the Ministry of Energy (Rural electrification Authority (REA) mapped out roads to benefit from the project.
Residents have been protesting on criteria used to put up streetlight in the constituency. They had claimed that authorities are putting streetlight on private roads leaving key public roads.
Kimani Road, which is a public road has never benefited from the project, the community using the road even contributes funds to upgrade the road, and they had questioned criteria used to put streetlight on other roads including private roads.
Kenya Power manager in Rongai region James Njuguna had said the locals should write to the Ministry of Energy or their elected leaders involved in the process of putting up the streetlights.
Residents had taken to social media to request their roads to be erected street lights.
“Consider Enomatasiani road all the way to Olkeri for street lights. Also tell the contractor of that road to speed up. It is very worse when passing through rainy seasons especially for those who walk,” said Mbote Daniel.
“Good work and we hope Oloolua Road and Kahara Road will have them,” said former Ngong MCA Paul Supet.
Other residents were not happy about the exercise. “It’s really sad that after 10 whole years we can be posting lighting on muddy feeder roads,” Helen Macharia said.
Kiserian town business people had also requested for the streetlights on Magadi road.
Kware the lights often go off and on. Most county floodlights are not functional due to bills or broken down such as those at Tumaini, Maasai Mall and Kiserian market.
The streetlights are expected to improve security and business in the constituency which is fast growing.