County Government forms a multi-agency committee to accelerate road construction

Kirinyaga County Government has formed a multiagency committee to oversee infrastructure development under the in-house roads program.

The committee that comprises of the County Executive technical staff, the County Assembly Leader of Majority and five elected ward representatives drawn from each sub county, was formed after a meeting between Governor Anne Waiguru and all the elected Members of the County Assembly.

Speaking at a press conference, Governor Anne Waiguru who was accompanied by Members of the County Assembly, said that it was agreed that all the county trucks and roads equipment will focus on murraming six kilometers of roads per ward per week on a rotational basis. The first phase of the program will cover 240 kilometers of roads by January 2021 while the second phase will also cover 240 kilometers. The program will kick off immediately in Mwea where the roads in the area will done through the collaboration of the County Government and the National Irrigation Board.

For efficiency, Governor Waiguru said that a robust fleet management system will be used to monitor vehicle movement and fuel consumption while the committee will be meeting every week to monitor progress and report monthly to the larger team of all elected MCAs and the Governor. Waiguru said that that the County Government remained committed and resolute to the Kirinyaga Rising vision that is aimed at transforming and uplifting the living standards of every resident in the county. She said that improved rural access roads network will help the county attain sustained local social economic development.

The road rehabilitation program also involves construction of drainage culverts and bridges where applicable. Improved rural road network has and continues to open up the hinterlands of Kirinyaga to economic development. Kirinyaga farmers are now able to transport their farm produce to the market while farm gate buyers can gain easy access to the farms. The county is a major producer of horticultural produce that feeds its local markets and markets in other counties including Nairobi. Upgrading of the rural access roads has also opened up employment opportunities for the youth in the public transport sector. Many of them are now able to operate boda boda businesses whose demand is also driven by improved local economies.

At the same time Governor Waiguru said that the county leadership has now put aside political differences and the executive and assembly now focused on delivering services to the residents. Her sentiments were echoed by the Leader of Majority Kamau Murango who said that good working relationship between the county assembly and the executive will bring about efficient service delivery to the residents.

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