W Pokot ir­ri­ga­tion project to tackle peren­nial famine

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Presidency -

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Kenyatta on Wed­nes­day launched phase three of the Sh1 bil­lion Sigor Wei Wei ir­ri­ga­tion project in West Pokot county.

The project is funded by the Italian gov­ern­ment in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ke­rio Val­ley De­vel­op­ment Author­ity.

Uhuru, who was with Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto, said the project would sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce peren­nial famine and cat­tle rustling. He said the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to fight­ing poverty and restor­ing peace inthe Ke­rio Val­ley by start­ing ir­ri­ga­tion pro­jects.

“Our aim is to en­sure res­i­dents along the val­ley live in peace and en­gage in in­come-gen­er­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties through de­vel­op­ment pro­jects, such as the one we are launch­ing to­day,” Uhuru said.

Speaking at the Wei Wei Farm in Sigor con­stituency, he said the project will in­crease food se­cu­rity. Uhuru crit­i­cised the op­po­si­tion for en­gag­ing in what he called a po­lit­i­cal witch-hunt at the ex­pense of ser­vices.

He said most op­po­si­tion lead­ers at one time served in gov­ern­ment and held se­nior po­si­tions, but they have noth­ing to show Kenyans.

Uhuru said some in­di­vid­u­als are hell-bent on im­pov­er­ish­ing Kenyans to ad­vance their self­ish po­lit­i­cal mo­tives.

“There are some, whom I do not want to name but they are called lords of poverty, who are not in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ment be­cause they want to use poor peo­ple all the time for their self­ish ends,” the Pres­i­dent said.

He said the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion has started de­vel­op­ment pro­jects in en­ergy, in­fra­struc­ture, health and water to trans­form the lives of Kenyans .

Uhuru said when the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion came into of­fice in 2013, only 2.3 mil­lion Kenyans had been con­nected to elec­tric­ity in 50 years, but three years later, more than 5.1 mil­lion Kenyans have elec­tric­ity.

He said the ex­pan­sion of two hospi­tals to re­fer­ral sta­tus in ev­ery county aims to en­sure ef­fi­cient health ser­vices.

Ruto said Kenyans will judge the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion by what it has done for Kenyans, un­like the op­po­si­tion, which is fo­cus­ing its energies on pro­pa­ganda.

He said they will not be dis­tracted by al­le­ga­tions and false­hoods ped­dled by the op­po­si­tion.

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