Murang’a residents have been cautioned against negative activism that has been hindering smooth implementation of national government projects, the County Commissioner (CC), Mohammed Barre has said.
Speaking after Chairing the County Committee on Development Project Implementation and Coordination, Barre noted that some individuals have initiated unnecessary court cases which have stalled completion of some projects.
Without being specific, the Commissioner observed that one of the water projects being implemented has stalled after some individuals obtained court orders halting implementation of the project.
He noted that some cases are frivolous and advised residents to consider the wider benefits of the project instead of thinking of their personal interests only.
Halting of implementation of the projects, he said has also pushed the government to incur more expenses as some contractors may levy penalties for wastage of their time.
“Our people should give government time to implement projects and avoid unnecessary litigations. All the projects are meant to support welfare of all the residents,” he added.
Barre noted that many projects worth billions of shillings are under implementation and the government is monitoring very closely to ensure their success.
“Kenya Rural Roads Authority is tarmacking 13 roads in Murang’a and some are already complete. But it’s so unfortunate to see some individuals trying to steal concrete meant for construction of the road,” observed the CC, adding that security agencies will ensure government property is protected.
He continued “proper coordination and cooperation among government departments will ensure successful projects as county security team will ensures security is beefed up.”
The CC urged residents to report people who are out to frustrate implementation of the projects through vandalism or any other form.
Speaking during the same meeting, Kenya Power Company Murang’a Branch Manager, Harrison Kamau said the last mile connectivity is at 90 percent complete, noting that they have 500 transformers for realisation of the project.
Kamau decried increased vandalism of transformers and theft of power cables which has slowed down the exercise of connecting more households with electric power.
“We request our people to report any form of vandalism of transformers as the crime has affected our work greatly. People should understand the power we are providing is of their benefit and thus these cases of stealing of cables should come to an end,” remarked Kamau.
The Director for Presidential Delivery Unit in charge of Murang’a and Kiambu counties, Ms. Bancy Wamuyu said they will ensure that all government projects are successfully completed on time.
“We will not tolerate mediocrity and our mandate is to ensure the earmarked projects are well completed and start benefiting Kenyans,” she added.
By Bernard Munyao