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Nakuru plans to revive stalled multi-billion Itare dam

Nakuru County Governor, Susan Kihika has said that they will continue to partner with the National government to revive the construction works at the controversial multi-billion shilling Itare dam in Kuresoi North.

Kihika noted that this is among the top development projects within the county and it will be prioritized in a bid to help locals residing in various sub-counties facing perennial water shortage.

She warned against politicizing the project at the expense of the welfare of the people who are in dire need of a constant supply of this important commodity.

Among the areas set to benefit from this water project include Molo, Rongai,  Kuresoi and Nakuru town.

She insisted on the need of employing the locals at the site for purposes of economic empowerment adding that those already working there should not be discontinued but allowed a chance to work.

On the issue of last week’s quashed nomination Chief Executive Committee (CEC) members list by the Employment and Labour relations court at the Nakuru law court,  she maintained that the list reflects the regional balance within the County and very minimal adjustments were made.

She asked for an opportunity to serve the people saying that those fighting her are denying the people a chance to enjoy development projects under her regime.

The County boss said that with Nakuru having 11 sub-counties, she picked one CEC from each sub-county except Kuresoi South where his deputy hails from.

On education matters, Kihika said that there was need to increase the bursary kitty from the current Sh2 million per ward in a bid to ensure that all school going children are catered for their school fees from next year.

In the coming days, the governor will dispatch drugs to the tune of Sh100 million to health facilities and thus told the locals not to be instructed to buy drugs from outside as the drugs will be enough.

She observed that Molo town has no proper planning and being the vice chair of Land and Urban planning and development in the council of governors’,  Kihika said that she was going to ensure that Molo town has got good sewerage system,  lighting and roads and other public facilities through the board.

The governor was accompanied by area women representative, Liza Chelule, Molo legislator, Kuria Kimani and several MCAs during the Jamhuri day celebrations held at Molo stadium.

By Emily Kadzo

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