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’
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.
Nurses check a dialysis machine on June 15 last year