The National and County Governments will jointly work together to address issues facing residents in Nyandarua County among them reclaiming and rehabilitation of Lake Olboloosat, completion of stalled projects, tackling food and human insecurity.
These are some of the issues agreed upon this afternoon between His Excellency Governor (Dr.) Moses Kiarie Badilisha and the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration Hon. (Prof.) Kithure Kindiki in Kipipiri during the official opening of the area Deputy County Commissioner’s offices, and later a public baraza at Wakirogo stadium.
Describing the need to work together in reclaiming Lake Olboloosat – which serves several counties – as a matter of national security and importance, Governor Badilisha said that water resources management and rehabilitation of critical water towers and ecosystems, like the Aberdares, should be treated as “a remedy for conflict prevention and an enabler of food security in the country. We must securitize lack and competition for water as a big driver of conflicts in our country and even the region.”
On his part, the CS Prof. Kindiki noted that his ministry will deploy all available resources towards mitigating the potential disappearance of the lake. He further instructed senior ministry officials present to immediately embark on addressing issues raised by the Governor, and other leaders present, among them the administrative boundaries in Kinangop.
Governor Badilisha’s memorandum of issues touched on environmental conservation as a security guarantee, tooling of administration officers, fencing and reclaiming of Lake Olboloosat, establishment of a Huduma centre in at least two more sub-counties including civil registration offices in existing DCC offices, and a joint programme to address proliferation of unregulated liquor and substances abuse. Towards this, a team to implement this will start working on the same from next week.