Interior PS Kibicho says gov’t will revive all stalled development projects
Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho on Thursday led a high level government delegation of 12 principal secretaries on an inspection tour of national government development projects in Tharaka Nithi county where he promised swift action to revive stalled projects.
At the same time, he drummed up support for the building bridges constitution review push which he said would protect the interests of more populated regions in terms or revenue allocation and representation.
The convoy of senior government officials traversed Tharaka Nithi county on an inspection tour of development projects undertaken by the national government.
The officials later converged at Chuka for a public baraza where local leaders led by governor Muthomi Njuki called for a speedy intervention to ensure that projects worth over Ksh.20 billion are completed before 2022, while hitting out at political aspirants stalling projects in courts
Dr. Kibicho, who also chairs the National Development Implantation Technical Committee (NDITC), in response admitted that there were problems with the 9 projects inspected, promising that they would be resolved.
Among the projects scheduled to benefit from the intervention are the Chuka-Kanwa-Kareni road, the Ciakariga-Marimanti-Gatunga road and the Chogoria-Weru-Kiriani road.
Others are the Chuka Kirubia stadium that the contractor pledged to complete by December this year and the county government headquarters at Kathanwa that will receive Ksh.32 million immediately to hasten its construction.
The NDITC also directed the immediate fixing of the pump at the Kanjuki Water Treatment plant and the preparation of budget estimates on a borehole to be drilled at the site to complement water supply.
On the Chogoria Water supply project, the Committee said it would seek the intervention of the Ministry of Environment to expedite pending approvals.
However, issues of proposed constitutional changes cropped up with the principal secretary saying it is time to have a discussion geared at institutionalizing solutions.
“We need to have a meaningful discussion that addresses the future… not because of the whims of an individual but because an institution protects them,” said Kibicho.
He further called on locals to support changes that would guarantee the region got better representation and more revenue allocation adding that the message must get home.
“Tusianze kuogopa kuambia watu ukweli, tuwaambie maneno iko na maana kwa maisha yao, ata wakiresist, tutawapea kama hiyo maneno kama mtu ako na malaria na tunajua malaria quin ni chungu lakini ni ni lazima ukunywe upone,” he added.
Dr. Kibicho, who also chairs the National Development Implantation Technical Committee (NDITC), was speaking in Chuka town where he led 15 Principal Secretaries and the Secretary to the President’s Delivery Unit Andrew Wakahiu on an inspection of projects in Tharaka-Nithi County.
Briefing the public at the end of the visit, the PS, who was accompanied by Governor Muthomi Njuki, MPs and other leaders from the county, said contractors who had abandoned some of the projects would go back to site immediately after sticky issues were resolved.