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Githurai

Githurai is a slumburbia (Mixture of Slums and Suburbs) in Nairobi,Kenya. It is in the Eastern part of Nairobi, about 12 km from the city centre.[1][2] Its population likely exceeds 300,000 persons.About half of Githurai is in Roysambu Constituency of Nairobi county while the other half is in Ruiru Constituency of Kiambu county. There are various wards in Githurai which include Githurai 45(Ruiru), Githurai 44 in Roysambu Constituency and Githurai Kimbo(Ruiru). Githurai 45 covers a very vast area, almost like a small town. The round-about on Thika Road is just the central point of the place called Githurai 45.[3] Calvary International Fellowship, Patmos Fellowship Church, Church of Restoration,Life Reformation Centre and the Roman Catholic Church are present in Githurai.[4][5][6][7] Githurai has Blessed Hands High School and St Lucie Kiriri Girls High School, Kiriri Women's University of Science and Technology[8] Lily Academy and St. Kizito Vocational Training Institute.[9] Many persons in Githurai are Kikuyu.[10] Githurai is served by the Thika Road Super Highway and a branch of the Kenya-Uganda Railway from Nairobi to Thika via Ruiru. There exists an Kenya Army Amoury belonging to the Kahawa Garrison/Barracks in Githurai Kimbo. A Githurai Shopping Centre exists.[11] Githurai Community Clinic is near, but not in Githurai.[12] Other residential areas in the Nairobi include Kahawa, Kasarani, Dandora, Ongata Rongai and Ruai.[13] Githurai became famous after a song by the same name by musicians Mr. Googz and Vinnie Banton went on air and instantly became a hit.[14]

Githurai 45 has several banks including Family Bank, Equity and Cooperative and Saccos have pitched tent due to the busy market. According to an article [15] in the Standard Newspaper, Githurai 45 Matatu's operate 24 hours especially the famous Paradiso, Rockerz, Zamzam and Maranatha which can be boarded from Ronald Ngala Street in Nairobi very cheaply. Githurai is also known for its tasty mutura (African sausage)

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