His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has urged all Members of the County Assembly to work in utmost harmony for effective service delivery to wananchi.
Speaking when he chaired a joint meeting of all MCAs and the Cabinet committee on road equipment management in Ol’Kalou this afternoon, Governor Kimemia noted that the leaders’ unity will ensure fulfillment of Nyandarua County’s Rural Roads Construction Programme.
“These machines belong to the mwananchi and it is our collective responsibility to safeguard each one of them,” said the Governor.
The Governor noted that sustainability of the equipment is assured since all MCAs have a budget for continued operations in their respective wards.
Asking the leaders to utilize the machines diligently, the Governor said transformation of Nyandarua’s roads will be determined by the quality of works.
“We promised Wanjiku that all roads will be graveled and upgraded to passable standards,” he reminded them, pledging to work with each one of them impartially.
The County head announced that youth will be fully incorporated into the programme to ensure Wanjiku continues to own the project.
Local quarries will also be used to supply hard-core and murram.
In line with the third pillar of his manifesto on Infrastructure Development and to ensure an efficient transportation system into and out of Nyandarua, the Governor yesterday unveiled five construction units under a five-ward cluster, each with a holding yard, backed by a modern and real-time fleet management and control system deployed to ensure accountability and value for money.
Centralized digital controls have been put in place to prevent smuggling of fuel, machines working off-route and theft of spare parts.
At KShs. 500 million, the County’s Rural Roads Construction Programme is one of the biggest single investments by a devolved unit since 2013 and will result in transformation of all roads in Nyandarua to motorable standards within the next three years.
The machinery have been bought through funds won by the County Government under the Kenya Devolution Support Programme (KDSP), which is a Government of Kenya Program for Results (PforR) supported by the World Bank for strengthening the capacity of counties to manage resources and improve service delivery.
MCAs from the first cluster who earlier met the Governor were Deputy Speaker Hon. Zachary Njeru (Nyakio), Hon. Samuel Njatha (Engineer), Hon. Hussein Ndung’u (Magumu), Hon. Rimui Kaiyani (Githabai) and Hon. Kiiru Gachomba (Njabini-Kiburu).
In attendance were specially-elected MCAs Hon. Margaret Mumbi, Hon. Margaret Ireri, Hon. Wanjiku Muhoho, Hon. Salome Kamau and Hon Mary Wanjau.
Present during the day’s second cluster meeting, which combined the remaining four clusters, were Majority Leader Hon. Edinald Kin’gori (North Kinangop), Majority Whip Hon. Wangari Methu (Kipipiri), Hon. Ken Mukira (Karau), Hon. Suleiman Kihika (Kanjuiri), Hon. Mbogo Mburu (Weru), Hon. David Maitai (Central), Hon. Paul Ngeche (Kipipiri), Hon. Samuel Mathu (Mirangine), Hon. Ngumo Ngamau (Gathanji), Hon. Isaac Kung’u (Wanjohi), Hon. John Githinji (Geta), Hon. Esther Kariuki (Nominated), Hon Kariuki Ngaruiya (Nominated, Karau), Hon. Jecinta Githae (Nominated, Charagita), Hon. Reuben Gitau (Shamata), Hon. Andrew Kamau (Gathara), Hon. John Mburu Githinji (Rurii), Hon. Wairimu Njane (Charagita) and Hon. Muchiri Kariuki (Murungaru).
Accompanying the Governor were members of the County Executive Committee Hon. Mary Mugwanja (Finance and Economic Development), Hon. Lawrence Mukundi (Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development), Hon. Stephen Njoroge (Education, Gender Affairs, Culture and Social Services), Hon. Daniel Wangenye (Transport, Energy and Public Works), Hon. Dominic Murani (Youth, Sports and the Arts), Hon. Anne Gathigia (Public Administration, Enforcement and Information Communication Technology), County Secretary and Head of Public Service Mr. Hiram Kahiro, County Attorney Hon. Anne Githinji and Chief of Staff Mr. Charles Wachira.