The national government has announced plans to improve public roads in Mandera County before the end of its first term.
Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed said President Uhuru Kenyatta will visit the region to commission the tarmacking of Elwak-Mandera road.
“The government has finalized plans to have the Elwak-Mandera road tarmacked and very soon he will be here to launch the project himself,” he said.
The CS also said the central government will contract the construction of an international airport in Mandera and build dams to alleviate the water situation.
“We are bringing more to Mandera including ensuring that every school is connected with electricity. Ten dams will also be constructed to solve water menace in this county,” the cabinet secretary said.
At the same time, he called on taxi operators to form saccos before the national government releases about 200 impounded vehicles that were illegally acquired from Somalia.
“The government impounded unregistered vehicles due to insecurity experienced here and also owners have to pay tax to government before they get back their illegally acquired vehicles from Somalia,” said Mr Mohammed.
The county's senator, Billow Kerrow, on the other hand pointed out that the Jubilee administration has sacked some county residents from key job positions, thus warning that they might not vote for the President again.
“This Jubilee government has fired managing directors in four state cooperation who were from Mandera. Jubilee started by firing Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) director, our own son and went ahead to fire three others. They have to stop this if they need our votes," he said.