10 September 2013

Kenya: Kiambu, Murang'a Boundary Dispute

A boundary dispute has emerged between Murang'a and Kiambu counties. Residents living in lower Gatang'a constituency are confused about which county they belong.

During a meeting convened by Gatang'a MP Humphrey Njuguna and Murang'a Deputy Governor Gakure Monyo yesterday, the leaders said confusion has emerged on which county the residents of lower Gatang'a should get services from.

Njuguna said residents of Mitubiri-Kakuzi and Ithang'a wards are politically in Murang'a county but they are being administered from Thika East district which is in Kiambu county.

"The boundary issues are a historical injustice to our people and we want the issue addressed immediately," he added. Njuguna said leaders from Kigumo, Kandara and Gatang'a are calling for a new county to be known as Thika county. He said the leaders have started the push following segmentation the lower Murang'a region by the upper region.

"The lower Murang'a has been getting a low deal from the government and due to this we want to claim back Thika town and make it our new county headquarters," Njuguna said. He said the lower Murang'a region has relied on Thika in economic and administrative issues for many years.

Monyo said the boundary dispute will be addressed soon. He proposed the creation of a new district to cover the two wards which are at the centre of the controversy.

"It is wrong for the two wards to be getting services from Thika East district when they are in Gatang'a constituency," Monyo said. He said the county government will ensure that the two wards are brought back to Murang'a. Monyo said the county government and the provincial administration will ensure the issue is solved.

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