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Kajiado Conducts Public Participation Ahead of Budgetary Allocations

Kajiado County Government has organized public participation forums countywide to gather views on priority projects that the county government should undertake in the 2023/24 financial year.

The meetings which were coordinated by the County Executive Committee Members, Chief Officers, directors and Sub County administrators provided an opportunity for the citizens to give their input on the Sh9.6 billion budget for the county.

Speaking at the Maasai Technical Training Institute in Kajiado Central, various residents urged the county government to fast track the completion of stalled and incomplete projects in the sub county rather than starting new ones.

“All stalled projects should be completed first. In Matapato South ward, we have Maili Tisa dispensary which began 3 years ago, but its construction has not been completed, yet there are over one thousand residents who have to travel far distances to seek health services,” said Paul Meliari, a Matapato South ward Resident.

Another resident from Matapato North ward, Joseph Lesinko, reiterated Meliari’s sentiments, adding that there is no need to allocate finances to new projects, when projects started the last financial year have not been completed.

“Since the county government has all the project records, they should fast track the completion of the stalled projects. For instance, Maisikiria borehole was allocated Sh 6 million in the last financial year, though it was never drilled. The county government should complete it so that the residents can benefit from water,” said Lesinko.

Kelvin Saitoti, a resident from Ildalalekutuk ward urged the county government to complete the construction of Olg’ira dispensary, which has stalled for six years yet it will serve two wards once completed.

“We can’t access the Mashuuru market now due to the state of the road and it puts us at risk of starvation. The Olkeriai road becomes impassable once it rains like now, thus it needs to be completed as soon as possible,” said Saitoti, in reference to the road which has also stalled.

By Diana Meneto and Sammy Rayiani

 

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