By KBC Reporter
Kilifi Jubilee Party (JP) candidate for the governor’s seat Gideon Mung’aro Wednesday evening launched his manifesto, outlining ten development agenda for the region.
Mung’aro was accompanied by his running mate, Kenneth Kamto, Kilifi South MP Mustafa Iddi, Magarini MP Harrison Kombe.
Hundreds of supporters’ were also present to witness the event which took place at Mnarani club within Kilifi town.
The Kilifi North legislator in his address said the document captured the ten pillars of development, he said would transform the Kilifi county into a hub of business opportunities.
“We have identified ten key issues that will have a big impact on the change that we have yearned as Kilifi people since the start of devolution in 2013,” said Mung’aro.
He said among the most critical issues his administration will handle if elected in August will be the health sector, which he said will be revamped and expanded to benefits every person in the county.
Mung’aro said most of the health institutions had been abandoned hence the need to give them a facelift and also to make sure they are fully functional.
Among other issues, Mung’aro said the formation of the Kilifi Higher Education loans Board will become a reality to enable University students to get loans for their University fees.
“I am targeting about 40,000 University students who will be benefiting from the KELB every financial year, which translates to about 200,000 University graduates. At the moment, the number of University students in the region is still minimal because most of them have no fees,” he said.
He promised easy availability of clean piped water in every household, saying currently many people have no access to clean water in their villages.
“It is unfortunate that even with the water sector under the devolved government, we still have areas where the residents cannot access clean water, five years down the line.
This will change once I am elected the governor because we have outlined how the program will be managed.”
In collaboration with the national government, he promised a 5,000 to 10,000 job employment for the youths, he said will be enhanced by the setup of cottage industries in all the seven sub counties.
“We have opportunities for starting up cottage industries both in tourism, agriculture and sanitation sectors. I will work with the national government to make sure that we employ either direct or indirect over 10,000 youths in the county,” he said.
“I will also tackle the issue of food insecurity by launching the “Njaa Marufuku” initiative that will see small irrigation projects expanded and locals get the chance to manage them,” he added.
Blaming the current leadership for its misplaced priorities, Mung’aro announced to his supporters that he will sell the official residence of the Kilifi governor and the controversial Mtwapa bus park.
He will then use the proceeds to construct a multi-million Kilifi International conference Centre (KICC) to target international conferences as a way of reviving tourism.
“The governor’s residence will be moved from where it is to Konjora along the Bamba- Kilifi highway and then we tarmac the road. In that area, we shall construct a major international conference to attract international business people, and in it revive the tourism industry which is on its knees,” he said.