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Saturday, 29 Jul 2017 16:12 EAT
Governor Alfred Mutua has vowed to propel Machakos County to become the region’s most attractive investment hub if reelected in the August 8 general election.
Dr Mutua says his government will exploit the county’s strategic location, educated population, improved infrastructure and good climate to propel the county’s potential to generate wealth in the next three years.
“By maintaining and expanding the existing strategic partnerships with various development partners across the globe, and by investing in building adequate and skilled human capital, there is no doubt that Machakos will transit into first world status in the next few years,” Dr Mutua told residents while addressing a series of political rallies in Mavoko constituency.
He said the proposed Machakos International Airport, the New Machakos City as well as the vibrant expansion of roads network and rural electrification will be the prime movers of the local economy.
The governor said the foundation he had laid for the county in his first four years in office was ‘sufficiently enough’ to move Ukambani’s economic capital to the next level in terms of economic development.
“Machakos is endowed with great people who have great minds. My government will make use of all opportunities to ensure the dream of creating wealth and transforming livelihoods of residents is achieved,” he said.
He cited the ongoing road infrastructure boom in the county and expansion of clean water harvesting, coupled with implementation of modern agriculture as indicators of ‘good things to come.’
“We have built, and are still expanding our roads in all corners of the county, and we have also put in place water harvesting programs than any other county in Kenya. We are now moving ahead to expand farm mechanization and mass irrigation programs to ensure we produce enough food for domestic use and have surplus for sale,” he said.
Dr Mutua said he will continue to offer incentives to investors and small scale business people in order to encourage more investment and therefore create more jobs.
Dr Mutua has stopped taxes on all small-scale traders and has launched interest-free loans for women and youth amounting to Sh380 million.
“With this kind of master plan, we will make Machakos a regional business hub where thousands of jobs will also be generated directly and indirectly,” he said.
He asked residents to reject politicians who do not provide solutions to the problems facing residents. “It is high time we got rid of such fellows because they are only champions of populist politics. What we need now are progressive leaders with interests to make lives of residents better,” said Dr Mutua.
Dr Mutua is fighting to retain his seat amid fierce competition from former Kathiani MP, Wavinya Ndeti who is contesting on a Wiper party ticket.