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Stop erecting billboards, give us real development, Umoja residents tell area MP

Residents of Umoja estate in Nairobi are questioning the value of the numerous advertisement billboards promoting the projects initiated by area MP George Theuri that have been erected all over the neighbourhood.

These bright yellow and green billboards bearing Embakasi West Constituency MP Theuri’s name and his motto of “Swag na maendeleo” have become a common site in the estate.

However, most of the residents that Nairobi News seem to be unsatisfied with the the Maendeleo (development) projects and the rivalry between Theuri and Umoja East Ward MCA Kingsley Odida.

“Instead of fighting for space with the MCA over who can put up bigger and better sign posts why can’t they both come and work together?” one resident asked.

Ironically, Moi Drive, which is the main street for PSVs and other private motorists is badly worn off with numerous crater-like potholes that fill up with rain water whenever there is a downpour.


Raw sewage mixed with rain water flowing are also a common site within the estate especially during the rainy season.

A trader at one of the kiosks that the MP built complained that they were being charged, yet it was supposed to be a free CDF project.

The trader also complained that rehabilitation of Umoja 1 market has also stalled and the public facility looks like it did a decade ago.

Street lighting project in the estate is yet initiative for which Theuri and Odida are claiming credit.

Residents are also questioning why the MP wants to start selling water from the Unity Primary School borehole yet it has been supplying water to the residents for free.

“All we want is for them to work together and help Embakasi West get rid of the runaway crime, the bad roads and solve the chronic water shortage in Umoja,” another resident said.