De­vo­lu­tion a dream of many Kenyan he­roes, says Kabogo

‘De­cen­tral­i­sa­tion of re­sources has en­abled Ki­ambu to in­vest in in­fra­struc­ture and health, ex­ploit the avail­able busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and im­prove liv­ing stan­dards’

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Gov­er­nor Wil­liam Kabogo yes­ter­day said de­vo­lu­tion is a dream come true for many Kenyan he­roes, as it im­proved ser­vices at the grass­roots.

He said de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion of re­sources has en­abled Ki­ambu to in­vest in in­fra­struc­ture and health, ex­ploit the avail­able busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and im­prove liv­ing stan­dards.

“The best way to honour our he­roes is to en­sure eq­ui­table ac­cess to eco­nomic re­sources, ir­re­spec­tive of so­cial sta­tus, re­li­gion, age or political af­fil­i­a­tion,” Kabogo said.

“The coun­ties have spent the past three years paving the way and set­ting the foun­da­tion for this to hap­pen.”

He said Ki­ambu has al­lo­cated more than Sh200 mil­lion to boost the growth of SMEs, through its Bi­ashara Fund. “Ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­clude in­di­vid­u­als, women’s sac­cos and youth groups. I’m grate­ful for sto­ries I hear be­cause our main ob­jec­tive is to see women and men be­come en­trepreneurs,” Kabogo said.

“Even as we open up op­por­tu­ni­ties for our youth to en­gage in busi­ness, we must in­vest heav­ily in ed­u­ca­tion for our chil­dren and vo­ca­tional train­ing for young men and women.”

He said the county has im­proved early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion by re­cruit­ing 1,300 care­givers so chil­dren start learn­ing at an early age.

“We have com­pleted the re­fur­bish­ment of 25 ECDE cen­tres and 25 youth poly­tech­nics, and pro­cured and de­liv­ered tools and equip­ment to all the 31 poly­tech­nics. This en­sures learn­ers have ac­cess to well-equipped and op­er­a­tional in­sti­tu­tions,” Kabogo said.

The gov­er­nor said they have im­proved trans­port by up­grad­ing roads so res­i­dents and vis­i­tors can ac­cess their des­ti­na­tions eas­ily.

The county govern­ment pur­chased an ad­di­tional eight state-of-the-art am­bu­lances for rapid re­sponse to emer­gency cases. It es­tab­lished a re­nal unit at the Thika Level 5 Hos­pi­tal and equipped it with eight dial­y­sis ma­chines, hence erad­i­cat­ing the need to travel to Nairobi for treat­ment.

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Nurses check a dial­y­sis ma­chine on June 15 last year

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