Governors’ grand plan for Ukambani region
Ngilu, Kibwana and Mutua agree to trade among themselves and collaborate more
Governors from Ukambani yesterday held a lengthy consultative meeting to discuss ways of harmonising their poverty alleviation programmes.
Dr Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Prof Kivutha Kibwana, who met in Nairobi, announced that they had agreed to trade among themselves and collaborate more to speed up development.
In the intra trade initiative, they agreed to buy all garments, including county staff uniforms and hospital linen, from the newly established Kitui County Textiles Factory.
Primary and secondary schools in Makueni and Machakos will also be encouraged to buy uniforms from the actors in order to retain the more than Sh7 billion parents in region spend on school uniforms from manufactures outside the region.
Meanwhile the Makueni Fruit Factory will process all the fruits produced in the region.
In reciprocal moves, Kitui and Makueni will hold their conferences in Machakos, which has better facilities. Machakos will also sell them materials like cabros, and building stones.
The governors, whose counties have rolled out universal health insurance, discussed the possibility of creating a borderless zone, such that patients with health cover can receive treatment in any public hospital in the region, Dr Mutua revealed.
"We have tasked our teams to work out the modalities for actualising these noble plans geared towards fighting poverty, generating wealth for our people and creating cohesion in the region," he added.
He said that, in six months they will have formulated a broad collaborative policy on trade and all other devolved functions and provide link up the community with donors, traders, and national and international networks.
Machakos one of the four counties in which the national government is piloting the universal health coverage while Kitui and Makueni counties have successfully implemented health insurance covers for their residents.
"We want to define the development agenda of this region. Our people have suffered for too long due to poor leadership," said Ms Ngilu, adding that they will provide leadership that changes people's lives.
The governors believe their strategies will grow their economies, develop the region faster and prove that their brand of politics is productive. "We will continue working together for our people and nothing will separate us because we have a clear development agenda,"
Governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), and Charity Ngilu (Kitui) emerge from a five-hour meeting at a Nairobi Hotel, where they discussed ways of harmonising their poverty alleviation programmes.