Gov­er­nors’ grand plan for Ukam­bani re­gion

Ngilu, Kib­wana and Mu­tua agree to trade among them­selves and col­lab­o­rate more

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY KITAVI MU­TUA

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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.

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