The Ndaragwa MP, Jeremiah Kioni has challenged Nyandarua leaders to remain united if they have to benefit from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Shs.50 billion worth of projects promised to the county.
Kioni said the six elected MPs will be holding a meeting with a view of ensuring the projects ranging from water dams and pans, roads as well as construction of the county Headquarters building in Ol Kalau are implemented to completion.
“We have had several meetings with the Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matinag’i and the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) to push projects that have stalled to ensure they are fast-tracked. It is only prudent that we remain together as the president cannot work with a people that are divided and fighting each other,” the MP said.
Kioni was speaking on behalf of other MPs after a meeting with CS’s Matiang’i, Sicily Kariuki (Water) and Mutahi Kagwe (Health) at the Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology on Monday.
Kioni regretted that the area leaders used a lot of money to pay bloggers to create greater divisions among them, a move that he said would deny the residents the much anticipated projects.
The county has in the recent past witnessed a war of words between CS Kariuki and the Governor Francis Kimemia, with the two claiming ownership of water and other projects being undertaken by the national government.
Governor Kimemia said that Dr. Matiang’i has promised to meet the contractor who was doing the Shs.700 Million County headquarter building to solve a dispute that caused the project to stall.
Matiang’i said he had been sent by the President because the head of state had received reports that some of the projects being carried out by the national government had stalled.
“There is only one way of getting things done in our country, by sitting on a round table, talking to each other and confronting our challenges together,” the Interior CS said.
He said development projects will always face challenges at implementation stage but solutions are found easily if elected leaders and those of national government work together.
By Anne Sabuni