29TH JULY 2020
WARD REPS CHALLENGE AREA Mps TO JION HANDS AND LOBBY FOR PROJECTS
Parliamentarians from Embu County have been challenged to embrace regional unity and work together with other elected leaders for the sake of attracting development projects to the county.
Ward Representatives led by Ruguru-Ngandori MCA Muturi Mwombo stated that it took the intervention of Nairobi Archbishop; His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, to beseech President Uhuru Kenyatta to consider tarmacking of the Kangaru-Kiriari-GaciigiCatholic Shrine Road, as area Members of National Assembly kept off the project.
The MCA confirmed that he had written to the President, through Cardinal Njue on 23rd July 2019 asking for tarmacking of the busy road, but was surprised that an ‘absentee’ legislator from the area had started politicking, claiming that he had lobbied for the project since 2016. He said Embu MPs were inaccessible and had abdicated their development duties to MCAs.
He added that Deputy President William Ruto had promised that the Kangaru-Kiriari road would be tarmacked on several occasions when he visited the county, showing political goodwill to develop the area, but ‘indifferent’ parliamentarians had refused to join hands and push for commencement of the project until he took the personal initiative to write to the President.
Muturi claimed that Karurina and Kimangaru roads had missed out on the opportunity to get included in the tarmacking circuit of all other county roads because the local MPs could not agree to accompany the President, neither his Deputy to the areas to show how badly the people residing in the areas needed the access roads tarmacked.
He at the same affirmed his support and that of his counterparts to President Kenyatta as he pushed ahead with his development agenda for the country as his 10-year tenure at the helm of the country’s leadership enters its homestretch in the next two years. He added that Embu MCAs were united in agitating for development as opposed to getting embroiled in ‘Kieleweke’ and ‘Tangatanga’ politics.
The Ward Rep asserted that for Embu County to achieve speedy development, MPs needed to learn how to work in collaboration with other elected leaders from the grassroots whom they consider junior to them. He said divisive politicks would effectively ensure that the region lagged behind instead of enjoying economic growth like counties whose leaders were united.
Muturi spoke at the County Assembly debate chamber soon after supporting the enactment of the Embu County Appropriations Bill 2020.