I secured jobs for our youths abroad, Machakos Governor Mutua says

Saturday March 12 2016

Machakos County Governor Dr Alfred Mutua holds meeting with his Executive members yesterday soon after jetting back in to the country.

Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua holds meeting with his executive members on Friday, March 11, 2016 soon after jetting back in to the country. PHOTO | STEPHEN MUTHINI |  

By STEPHEN MUTHINI
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Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua jetted back to the country on Friday and immediately held meetings with some members of the county assembly and his executive members in the afternoon.

The governor, who has been away for a month, said the executive meeting resolved to focus on developing the county and serving the people.

"I informed the Cabinet of my successful meetings with investors abroad who are now ready to come and set up their factories in Machakos as part of our investment, poverty reduction and job creation programme," said Dr Mutua in a press statement.

"I also informed them of the direct jobs that I bagged for our youth to work in the Middle East. These job creating programmes are aimed at rolling back poverty," he added.

Dr Mutua said the meeting resolved to fast-track upgrading to bitumen-standard key roads within the county, as well as a comprehensive household water programme.

"So far, road works are going on in Kathiani-Kakuyuni to Kangundo Road, Kivandini to Masinga Road, Katangi to Matuu Road and Syokimau - Katani Road," he said.

On water, the governor said the county had dug more than 250 new boreholes and the drilling was going on.

"We are currently equipping the ready ones with solar water pumps and distributing the water to nearby households. We have also dug over 150 medium-size dams and built over 90 new water weirs among other water projects," he revealed.

OLD POLITICS

The governor said he would not be distracted to play the old politics of name-calling, empty rhetoric and poverty, adding Maendeleo Chap Chap would continue growing stronger and focusing on the ordinary mwananchi and not the interests of an individual leader.

The county has experienced upheavals while the governor was away with Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala “suspending” two county executives and a chief officer and "reinstating" others who had been suspended by Dr Mutua.

The county assembly was also involved in leadership struggles with MCAs voting to remove the Leader of Majority in the House, the Majority Whip and the Minority Leader but the changes have since been reversed although a decision on the same is still pending in court.

The governor, on arrival, separately met the speaker of Machakos County Assembly Bernard Mung'ata and the assembly leadership from both majority and minority sides of the House in his office where the issues affecting the Assembly were discussed.

The team was made up of Mr Joshua Mwonga (Leader of Majority), Mr Wilson Kasimu (Deputy Leader of Majority), Mr Thomas Kasoa (Leader of Minority) and Mr Alex Kamitu (Minority Chief Whip).

The governor has been away in Tanzania and Dubai in the United Arabs Emirates.