Tharaka-Nithi MPs not initiating development projects, says Governor Ragwa

He said MPs had left the burden of developing rural areas to the county government.

Wednesday February 3 2016

Tharaka-Nithi Governor Samuel Ragwa speaks at

Tharaka-Nithi Governor Samuel Ragwa speaks at Njaina Day Secondary School in Chuka/Igambang’ombe Constituency on February 2, 2016. He accused MPs from the county of abdicating their roles in initiating development projects since the advent of devolution. PHOTO | ALEX NJERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Tharaka-Nithi Governor Samuel Ragwa has accused MPs from the county of abdicating their roles in initiating development projects since the advent of devolution.

Speaking at Njaina Day Secondary School in Chuka/Igambang’ombe Constituency on Tuesday when he gave Sh500,000 in aid of the construction of a dining hall, the governor accused the MPs of leaving all the burden of developing rural areas to the county government.

He said no development could be seen from Constituency Development Fund since the initiation of devolved governments.

“Initially CDF was doing a lot of work in the villages but with the coming of counties, the MPs are riding on the governors’ work,” said Mr Ragwa.

He said the MPs took advantage of the ignorant locals and blamed everything on governors.

POINT TO GOVERNORS

“The county government has become the scapegoat for the MPs. When questioned on development by the public they point to the governors,” he said.

He said in education only the early childhood development education (ECDE) has been devolved but the county government is still funding infrastructure in schools, among other things.

“What is the work of CDF if governors are funding even the sectors that were not devolved?” asked Mr Ragwa.

He called for civic education to make the public understand the responsibilities of the county and national governments.

However, he called for unity of the two levels of government in serving the people.

Tharaka-Nithi Education executive Kinyua Njoka said 42 ECDE teachers have so far been employed.