The National Government is constructing and upgrading key infrastructure projects in Taita Taveta.
Two crucial projects in the line-up are the construction of a power station at Wundanyi town and the rehabilitation of the Msau-Mbale-Werugha-Mgange-Bura road.
The power station, estimated to cost Sh425 million, will be a relief from the notorious power outages in Wundanyi and its environs.
Speaking during a visit at the site of the ongoing work for the station, Wundanyi Member of Parliament (MP), Danson Mwashako, said the project was a product of lobbying and a good working relationship with the National Government.
“I must say, today, marks a bright day for Wundanyi and the County in general. This power station has been a product of working closely with the National Government for the benefit of the locals. Power blackouts that have bedeviled Wundanyi town and the surrounding areas, will be a thing of the past,” said MP Mwashako.
Currently, a perimeter wall is taking shape at the site of proposed station that is expected to be operational in early 2022.
On the other hand, the rehabilitation of Msau-Mbale-Werugha-Mgange-Bura road, at a cost of Sh2 billion, will open-up the food basket of Wundanyi, to the rest of the County and the country.
Farmers, particularly those practicing small-scale dairy and horticultural farming, stand to gain from fast and affordable transportation of their produce to markets in Voi, Mombasa and Nairobi.
The rehabilitation of the road started in 2017 but stopped mid-way due to financial constraints and was shelved for years. In the past, politicians have used the Msau-Mbale-Werugha-Mgange-Bura road and the Wundanyi power station as vote-hunting strategies.
The move by the national government to undertake the projects with a completion date set for early 2022 will end to the cycle of political promises which have disenfranchised voters for many years.
By Arnold Linga Masila