Planned establishment of cemetary for the affluent in Nyandarua meets resistance from residents

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,30TH DEC 2017-The plan by the government to spend over Sh 800 million to construct cemeteries for the rich  in society  in Nyandarua has been  opposed by  residents .

This sis after they rendered  Nairobi-Naivasha highway impassable for the better part of Saturday after they held demonstrations to protest the move.

More than 500 demonstrators blocked the main Nairobi-Naivasha highway at Soko Mjinga near the Fly Over, where they demanded to be addressed by the governor and other state officials over the matter.

“Why do they want to bring a cemetery here,” one local Joseph Kamau posed, waving a placard, “We don’t want cemeteries here.”

Other said the money set aside for the cemetery is too high.

“We have many projects that should be undertaken with that money but not a cemetery,” another local Grace Njeri who sells potatoes at the Soko Mjinga market said.

The protests paralysed transport on the busy highway, at a time most people are returning back to the capital Nairobi from upcountry where they had gone for Christmas festivities.

protests caused a traffic snarl up stretching more than ten kilometers on both sides, before police intervened and cleared the road.

 

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