STEPHEN NGARE: ROADS EN­GI­NEER TURNS TO POLITICS

STEPHEN NGARE, MP NDIA / He sin­gles out the Euro­pean Union con­struc­tion of the Keri­cho - Sotik high­way as his most mem­o­rable project. Even though it was done about 30 years ago, the qual­ity of the road still stands to this day. ‘’I am proud of the work we

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“THE ODM SIDE OF THE COALI­TION RE­JECTED MY AP­POINT­MENT, IN­SIST­ING THE PO­SI­TION BE GIVEN TO THEIR MAN.”

Like many oth­ers be­fore him, Ndia MP Stephen Ngare’s en­try into politics was purely ac­ci­den­tal.

As a young man, he never had eyes for politics.

“I never thought I would ever join politics,” he says, “But I de­cided to join politics to serve the peo­ple of Ndia; to give back to the com­mu­nity for what they did to me be­cause I reck­oned that it is the best way of serv­ing the peo­ple.”

The crit­i­cal mo­ment on the in­flu­ence of politics in his life struck him dur­ing the grand coali­tion govern­ment which ruled Kenya be­tween 2008 and 2013.

This was af­ter he was ap­pointed to the Kenya Na­tional High­way Au­thor­ity as the Chief ex­ec­u­tive.

The ODM wing of the coali­tion op­posed his ap­point­ment on the grounds that there was no con­sul­ta­tion be­tween Pres­i­dent Mwai Kibaki and Prime Min­is­ter Raila Odinga.

“It was a crit­i­cal time in the life of our coun­try. The ODM side of the coali­tion re­jected my ap­point­ment in­sist­ing the po­si­tion be given to their man.”

Hav­ing stud­ied en­gi­neer­ing at univer­sity, Ngare joined the pub­lic ser­vice where he rose through the ranks in the min­istry of Roads and pub­lic works .

There af­ter he joined Kenha where he worked un­til 2012.

While in the min­istry, the MP was in charge of var­i­ous con­struc­tion projects. He sin­gles out the Euro­pean Union con­struc­tion of Keri­cho - Sotik high­way as his most mem­o­rable projects.

Even though it was done about 30 years ago, the qual­ity of the road still stands to this day.

‘’I am proud of the work we did on the high­way. I over­saw its de­sign and su­per­vised its con­struc­tion from scratch. Res­i­dents still praise the peo­ple be­hind the project to date, 20 years down the line. This makes me proud of the work.’’

Ngare was also the coun­try co­or­di­na­tor for the first In­ter­na­tional project un­der the East Africa Com­mu­nity, the Arusha- Na­manga - Athi river high­way.

“I steered it from de­sign to con­struc­tion. That is a ma­jor road which was com­mis­sioned by the Heads of states from Kenya and Tan­za­nia.’’

Other than the two projects, the MP was also in­stru­men­tal in the con­struc­tion of Nairobi - Thika dual car­riage way.

Ngare be­lieves qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is the key to erad­i­cate poverty in Kenya.

As an MP he is a cham­pion of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion through his CDF kitty which he has used to trans­form ed­u­ca­tion in his con­stituency.

The MP plans to de­fend his seat in the 2017 gen­eral elec­tion.

The per­son who re­ceives the most favours is the one who knows how to re­turn them. Publil­ius Syrus An­cient Ro­man writer

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