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New Sub Counties to improve security, development

Central Regional Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga has called on commissioners of the newly inaugurated Gathanji and Aberdare Sub counties in Nyandarua County to ensure improved security for development.

While emphasizing that the creation of the two Sub counties was meant to tighten security for the growth of the regions, Nyagwanga said the new stations were also meant to bring development and services closer to the people.

The RC called on residents to take advantage of the deployment of national and county officers to the new sub counties and county headquarters in Ol Kalau to build modest rental residential houses, regretting that civil servants commuted long distances to work.

“I don’t want to hear that our officers are using public resources to travel more than 10KM to other counties in search of houses. This will derail development and render devolution meaningless.

“We now have Deputy County Commissioners and are soon deploying officers from the departments of Education, Civil Registry, Social Services and the police among others,” added the RC.

Nyandarua’s civil servants have always decried lack of houses in the county, with most government houses based in Nyahururu town, Laikipia County.

The Regional Commissioner, who introduced Aberdares DCC Lilian Njagi and her Gathanji counterpart James Wanyoike on Tuesday, called on the administrators to always give feedback to the government on what the residents wanted to avert apathy, saying increased crimes had kept investors away.

Aberdare Sub County will be administered from Shamata town, which has in the recent past been in the limelight for suicide, homicide and murder cases that the residents attributed to use of bhang.

Gathanji Sub County, which has been hived off Nyandarua West Sub County in Ol Jororok Constituency, also has a full tray with DCC Wanyoike expected to wipe the area off stock theft, murder and suicide cases that have been reported in the recent past.

Also at the events held in Shamata stadium and Ngano Secondary school were Governor Francis Kimemia and Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni who lauded the President for considering subdivision of sub counties, and called on him to consider the vast Kipipiri, Kinangop and Ol Kalau constituencies as well.

“We have witnessed major changes in our region as more divisions and locations have been created, with more expected. In case of National government opportunities in the police service, we will have double slots for Shamata and Nyandarua North,” said Kioni, noting that business opportunities would improve with the new administrative units.

By Anne Sabuni

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