Residents of the posh Runda and Ridgeways estates want former Kiambaa MP Stanley Githunguri to construct acceleration lanes near Nakumatt Ridgeways shopping mall along Kiambu Road to reduce traffic jam. Mr Githunguri owns the prime property which houses Nakumatt Supermarket, several banks, fast food eateries and other high-end shops.
In a petition filed by Karura/Muthaiga Ward Rep Kamau Thuo to the County Assembly, the residents also want the entrance and the exit of the mall moved off Kiambu Road. The petition, signed by residents, argues that the entrance and the exit of the mall block passing motorists as shoppers drive in and out of mall, causing unnecessary snarl-ups.
According to Mr Thuo, the acceleration lanes would ensure that those getting into the mall know how to enter, while those going past the mall would not be affected.
Mr Thuo was seconded by Roysambu Wards Rep Peter Warutere. Residents of both Roysambu and Karura/ Muthaiga wards have borne the brunt of the mall’s inconvenience.
County Assembly Speaker Alex Ole Magelo accepted the first ever petition at the Assembly on Thursday. He said it would compel the County Government to take up the matter with Mr Githunguri immediately, certifying the petition as urgent and important due to its spill-over effect to those traveling to the city through the Thika Super Highway.
The effect is that while the highway is smooth all the way, jams catch up with motorists from the Muthaiga Police Station Roundabout to Pangani inter exchange.
Additional reporting by Nairobi News
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