Kirinyaga County leaders have resolved to work together to make the forthcoming Mashujaa Day celebrations a success.
The leaders who met yesterday under the chairmanship of the Interior Principal Secretary (PS), Dr Karanja Kibicho, also promised to control their supporters in maintaining order before and after the event.
The leaders further promised to put their political differences aside and work together in order to pull through a successful Mashujaa day.
Kibicho told the leaders that it was a great privilege for the county to be accorded the rare chance of hosting the national celebration and as such there requires unity from all leaders irrespective of their political affiliation.
“Our commitment is to uphold peace and oneness in the course of the celebrations and to ensure that Kirinyaga becomes the greatest beneficiary by the end of the national event.
“We know that the celebrations come at the onset of a political season and bearing that in mind, we assure all County residents that all Kirinyaga leaders have today agreed to carry out very healthy political campaigns, in the run-up to next year’s General Elections,” Kibicho said.
The PS further noted that the leaders had requested to present the wishes of their subjects to the government for implementation.
“We have agreed to put together a wish list, which shall be presented to the Head of State, for the development projects and the priorities our people wish are fulfilled by the government,” he said.
County Governor, Anne Waiguru, said they would embrace solidarity and put their best foot forward to host a successful celebration.
“In as much as there is political competition existing among various political contenders who have an ambition to occupy various seats in the next election, our goal in light of the upcoming Mashujaa is to give Kenya a befitting celebration while at the same time reflect the good image of our county and the entire state,” she said.
“Kirinyaga will be the focus and will host respectable dignitaries and as such we don’t want to embarrass ourselves and the head of state,” she said.
Kirinyaga Woman Representative, Wangui Ngirici, said as County leaders, the greatest gift they will have accorded Kirinyaga people during the day is to maintain unity.
She said the occasion would equally be special as it would grant investors an opportunity to invest in the county and ultimately transform county residents.
Mwea Member of Parliament (MP), Kabinga Wachira, in whose Constituency the national celebrations will take place, expressed his excitement, saying the opportunity will enable his constituents to witness a National Government celebration while at the same time transforming their business outlets.
“Business will boom during the season and it will help Mwea to market their products. At the same time, we would like to urge the government to scale up the support towards our rice farmers.
“This for example, would be achieved through buying their produce and supplying it to the hunger prone counties,” he said.
Other prominent county leaders who attended the meeting are Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, Infrastructure Principal Secretary Paul Maringa, County Jubilee party chair Muriithi Kang’ara, all county MPs and county ward representatives.
By Irungu Mwangi