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Friday, 21 Jul 2017 18:10 EAT
Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Machakos gubernatorial candidate Wavinya Ndeti has launched a 10 key pillars manifesto with a promise to form a participatory government if elected during the August 8 polls.
Launching the manifesto at Machakos Gold Club, Ms Ndeti put water as the first priority, followed by agriculture and food security. She is fighting to deny Dr Mutua of Maendeleo Chap Chap, a second term in office. Others in the race are Jubilee’s Lemi Muia and Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala (Independent).
Health, Education, People empowerment, Infrastructure, Trade, Tourism and Cooperative followed in that order. Other development pillars included Land, Environment and Natural Resources, Security and Anti-Corruption policy.
To make water accessable to all residents of County, Ms Ndeti has offered to build three dams and drill two boreholes in each ward.
“We shall create market links and processing facilities for fruits and coffee farmers to ensure a complete production cycle that will boost food security in the county,” she added.
The function was attended by businessmen, faith-based organisations, NGOs, and locals.
Ms Ndeti said her government shall ensure adequate water treatment plants and install solar power to maximise the water supply.
On Agriculture, she said that she will empower farmers through training, providing seeds, fertiliser and other farming implements to boost production.
She also promised to establish well-equipped dispensaries in every sub location, a health centre with an inpatient and maternity ward in every location.
“I will ensure that all level four hospitals currently in existence are fully equipped, staffed and new ones built where there is none.
“We shall also upgrade Machakos Level 5 Hospital to a fully equipped teaching and referral hospital alongside starting a free universal County medical scheme in collaboration with NHIF”, said Ms Ndeti.
She offered one ICT centre for each ward, do fully equipped Early Childhood Development Centres in all Primary Schools and well managed technical institutions in each ward, while addressing education sector.
University education target, she said would be a scholarship for a minimum of 100 students per Sub County which will translate to 4,000 scholarships by the end of her first term.
Ms Ndeti said she will prioritise empowering the locals by allocating Sh1.5 billion in a revolving development fund for men, women, youth and persons living with disabilities.
On Infrastructure she offered to tarmac a minimum of 50 kilometres of key county roads every year.
“Our manifesto is in line with our coalition NASA’s development agenda for Kenya. It is time to reclaim our county back. Time to say NO to corruption. Time to say NO to lies. Time to map out a fresh destiny for Machakos County.
“Together we shall do it. I humbly ask for your votes and support on 8th August so we can, together as one, bring genuine development to the people of Machakos.
“God bless the people of Machakos County, God bless Kenya. Thank you” she said in her concluding remarks.
Her running mate Peter Mathuki told off those that were criticising their delay in presenting their manifesto saying that the delay was because theirs was a people-centred manifesto.
“I have heard some people criticise us for delaying our manifesto but one thing they forgot is that ours is a manifesto by the people themselves. We delayed while consulting the people on what they would want to be done”, he said.
Mr Mathuki tore into Dr Mutua’s manifesto saying that it was not people-driven but based on an individual’s dreams.
“We lack drugs in our hospitals but someone wakes up to say that he will do 40 mortuaries in the county, do we need health centres in our county or mortuaries? It will not be business as usual”, said Mathuki.