Gov’t to fast track stalled projects in Nyeri


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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday pledged that the Government will fast track development projects including infrastructure, water and irrigation programmes in Nyeri County.

The President said the Government will complete development projects that stalled previously and will start new ones to spur economic growth in the area.

President Kenyatta made the announcement when he hosted leaders from Nyeri County at State Lodge, Sagana.

The President invited the elected leaders so that they can deliberate on issues specific to the County.

Among the projects that will be prioritised  are the construction of mega dams with works on two —Karimenu and Naromoru — set to start soon.

Karatina Market, one of the stalled projects, which serves as a regional market for agricultural products, will also be completed soon.

The Government also undertook to immediately start work on several road projects with the Infrastructure Ministry announcing that no contractor should use the excuse of lack of funds to delay projects.

Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said money for infrastructure projects are now released promptly following a directive by President Kenyatta.

The President said the road passing through Karatina town will be expanded to ease the traffic congestion during peak hours.

The Government will also start issuing title deeds to residents of many colonial villages with 541 titles due to be handed over next week.

The President called on leaders to play a uniting role in paving the way for development and harmony.

President Kenyatta also urged the County Government to play its rightful role in the war to eradicate the sale and consumption of illegal alcohol.

The President said the security teams deployed to lead the fight against illegal brews are challenged by lawsuits based on laws passed by the counties.

“MCAs should amend the county laws on alcohol. We cannot be helping you and then County laws are used to sue the security teams,” said the President.

The Government has asked those who have sued security officials and legislators over the war on illegal alcohol to withdraw their lawsuits failure to which the Government will seek for superior legislations from the National Assembly to empower the fight.

At the same time, President Kenyatta announced that the Government will start the registration of Mau Mau veterans so that they can be included in the cash transfer programmes for the elderly.

Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe promised to mobilise leaders and locals to undertake a voter registration drive in the area.

He said they will start a campaign to register voters in large numbers to ensure every one who has an ID card is registered to vote. He also urged the Government to start issuing ID cards to the youth.

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