Coastal leaders vow to work with central government


Taita Taveta county leaders have said they have no time for empty talk and would rather work with the central government for the development of the region.

For over fifty years, said the leaders, they have been  promised a raft of projects which were never implemented.

Led by their governor Engineer John Mruttu and Taita Taveta MP  Dr Naomi Shabaan, the leaders they fully support key  infrastructural projects that traverse the six counties that constitute  the coastal region including the Standard Gauge Railway and the Lapsset project.

“The construction of the Mwatate-Taveta Road, the Standard Gauge Railway and other infrastructural projects will  create well and opportunities for our people”, said the governor.

He said the leaders of the six counties have decided to partner with the national government to spur economic growth by contributing  to projects which will bring prosperity to the coastal region.

Dr Shabaan said the people of the coastal regional can now differentiate   between action oriented leaders and those  whose pre-occupation is only empty rhetoric.

Urging the locals to support the government Dr Shabaan  said national leaders reciprocate the honour given by their people.

Mwatate MP Andrew Mwadime said  the inauguration of  Taveta-Mwatate road works is a dream come true for the locals.

“Politics are long gone. Now its time for development”, said the MP

“This is a historical moment for us. For many years, we have waited patiently for the tarmacking of this road and now we are witnessed its development with our own eyes” said Taita Taveta women Representative Joyce Lay.

Other leaders drawn from across the country castigated former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for seeking cheap publicity by formeting trouble through either calls for demonstrations, mass action or the current calls for referendum.

They were speaking  during a public rally at Sowene Primary school in Taveta town which was also addressed by President Uhuru Kenyatta who had earlier  commissioned several projects including the  Taveta-Mwatate road which is being constructed by the  China City Construction Company.

The leaders asked president Kenyatta to ignore the political rubbling from Cord leaders and concentrate on his government’s development agenda.

President  Kenyatta  said his government will serve all Kenyans equally irrespective of their political affiliation or whom they had voted for in 2013.

He said the Standard Gauge Railway which starts in a few months will benefit the coastal people in a  big way because  key components to build the railways will be  produced within Taita Taveta besides the jobs local youths .

He said two of the major stations and other 13 closing stations  of the SGR will be within the Taita Taveta  county .

“My desire and goal is to ensure that with the projects being undertaken, Kenyan will improve their livelihoods.

On other projects in the region, the president said Sh 50 million has been set aside to  upgrade Ikanga airstrip in voi and Sh   2 billion for the rehabilitation of the Voi –Mwatate road.

Other roads to be rehabilitated in the current financial year include the Voi-Mwatate Road and the Taveta-Loitokitok road.

The president said there  is need to build new towns across the country so that Kenyans can stop relying on a few cities like Nairobi and Mombasa  while seeking  for jobs.

He hailed the county leadership of Taita Taveta for coming up with a masterplan for the county’s development.

“If you follow the masterplan, then this town will be the envy of many in the East African region”.

Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu said she will next montn issue 21,000  in Taita Taveta on top of the 23,283 titles released last year.

She said her ministry will issue over 140,000 title deeds as compared to 100,000 issued last year in the coastal region.

She castigated her predecessor, James Orengo for doing little during his five years tenure at the ministry.