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County to spend Shs 70 million to put up a fire fighting station

Kirinyaga County Government will put up a ultra-modern Fire Fighting Station in an effort to improve efficiency while dealing fire incidents in urban centers.

Area Governor Anne Waiguru said the station will have boarding facilities to ensure instant response to fire incidents.

She said her administration has set aside Sh 70 million to buy two more fire engines by June this year.

The governor said with a fire station in place, personnel manning the engines will be fully boarding at the facility hence increased efficiency in management of any out- breaks within the county.

“We have been experiencing heavy losses to property whenever fire incidents are reported   due to lack of a reliable fire fighting machine since the one we found in place is old and keeps on breaking down, “she said.

The governor did not however specify where the facility will be located within the county which has various growing and expanding towns like Kagio, Ngurubani, Kerugoya, Kutus   and Sagana.

Waiguru who was speaking to the media outside Raimu Anglican church in Gichugu constituency after attending a Sunday service said her administration was fully committed to fulfilling the pre-election pledges she made to the people.

Earlier while at the church she told the congregants her administration had created positive change within the county citing the upcoming ultra-modern Kerugoya hospital.

The governor said once the structure was complete she will partner with like-minded foreign and local friends to equip the facility which should be operational by September this year.

The 300 bed capacity hospital, she added will have the state of the art equipment which will be utilized to provide the best health care services just like those found in some hospitals in Nairobi county.

She also promised to have Kianyaga level three hospital elevated to a level four and a male Ward at the facility will be constructed this year.

“We are also set to install a modern X-ray machine at this hospital and build an extra theater for general surgery to allow the existing one serve maternity cases only,” she said.

Other than the ongoing modernization of local hospitals, Waiguru also assured area residents that various roads have been earmarked for tarmacking to ensure proper road network connectivity.

“But above all am urging you to support the BBI when it is subjected to a referendum since the initiative will be a game-changer in matters development as we will be getting a double allocation of revenue from the national government to undertake various projects in our county,” she said

The governor asked   the residents to keep her scorecard safely and judge her accordingly when the time comes.

“The cold wars witnessed between my government and the MCAs was all to do with finances, the three hundred million which remains after our other commitments was not enough to support projects in the wards” and thus the setback,” she said

“This is why the additional Sh 4billion is a big relief to our county including the Sh500 million which will go to the newly introduced ward development fund,” She said

The governor said for those two reasons, it would be detrimental for the Kirinyaga residents to fail to support the referendum.

by Irungu Mwangi

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