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
“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