President Kenyatta’s delivery on development in Nakuru County


President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration has delivered development projects worth billions of shillings in Nakuru County in the last four years.

The projects and programmes are in the areas of health, roads, irrigation, public works, technical training, digital literacy and social inclusion among others.

Outlining the progress of the projects and programmes after his weekly briefing held today at State House, Nakuru, State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu indicated that the Government has used more than Kshs 6 billion in road construction and rehabilitation in Nakuru County.

These include the construction of the 19.3 kilometre Lanet – Elementaita road at a cost of Kshs 1.03 billion, the ongoing tarmacking of the 126 kilometre Mauche – Bombo – Olenguruone – Kiptagich – Silibwet road at a cost of Kshs 3.5 billion, the rehabilitation of the 112 Kilometre Junction B1 Mau Summit – Junction C57 Njoro  road at a cost of Kshs 119 million and the construction of the 18 Kilometre Moi North Lake Road – Mauche – Great Rift Lodge at a cost of Kshs 893.6 million.

Others are the 3 kilometre stretch to decongest Gilgil Weighbridge and a host of other low volume roads.

On health, the Government has spent over Kshs 480 million under the Free Maternity Services Programme that has seen 119,255 deliveries since June 2013.

Under the Medical Equipment Services programme, the Government has utilised Kshs 760 million to supply and install theatre equipment, sterilization and surgical sets, renal equipment, ICU equipment, and imaging & radiology equipment at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital. Kshs 380 million has also been used to supply and install similar ultra-modern medical equipment at Naivasha Level 4 Hospital.

“Despite the opposition’s false narrative that is crumbling by the day, Kenya is making and showing progress,” Esipisu said.

In its effort to empower the youth, the Government is putting up technical training institutes in Nakuru County to equip young people with skills that will enable them earn a decent income.

Esipisu cited the ongoing revitalization of Kiptaragon Technical Training Institute in Kuresoi South at a cost Kshs 57.57 million, the Total Technical Training Institute in Kuresoi North at a cost of Kshs 53.80 million and the Naivasha Technical Training Institute in Naivasha at a cost of Kshs 54.46 million as part of the Government’s effort to uplift the lives of the youth in the county.

On improving agriculture in Nakuru County, the State House Spokesperson said the Government has completed the implementation of Ihindu Irrigation project in Naivasha at a cost of Kshs 226.4 million.

“This project has brought 500 acres of land under crop production, benefitting over 500 farmers,” Esipisu said.

The State House Spokesperson also gave a brief on the implementation of the digital litaracy programme under the State Department for Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and Innovation where, he noted that 16,004 tablets have been delivered to 338 schools so far.

Under the Government’s social inclusion initiative, Esipisu said Kshs 1.4 billion has been disbursed by the State Department for Social Protection in Nakuru County benefitting 18,982 disadvantage people under the National Safety Net Programme through cash transfers.

Another Kshs 443.7 million has gone to 55,597 beneficiaries under the Women Enterprise Fund, Kshs 137.2 million has benefitted 14,638 young people under the Youth Enterprise Development Fund while another 42,252 have benefitted from Kshs 220.3 million disbursed under the Uwezo Fund.

Earlier when briefing the press, the State House Spokesperson said Kenya’s economy has remained resilient under President Kenyatta’s leadership.

He said contrary to the falsehoods peddled by opposition politicians, the country posted robust growth averaging 5.9 per cent in the first three quarters of 2016.

“This growth was largely supported by high Government investment in infrastructure such as roads, low international oil prices, improved agricultural performance particularly in the first half of the year, recovery of the tourism sector and stable macroeconomic environment,” he said.

The State House Spokesperson expressed optimism that in 2017 the country’s economy will register a robust growth. He urged opposition politicians to refrain from peddling fake news stories and attacking the good work that has been achieved.