The completion of the Kibwezi – mutomo – Kitui highway has opened up Kitui county to massive business and tourism opportunities.

Mutomo, especially, will immediately reap in a big way the benefits that will accrue because of its strategic geographical location along what will become a lucrative tourism circuit.

Governor Charity Ngilu visited Mutomo area to inspect ongoing development projects. Key among them is the Mutomo Kitui County Textile Centre (KICOTEC). The construction of the premises is now complete. The equipping of the facility with specialized machinery and equipment is ongoing.

The next phase will be recruitment of sons and daughters of Kitui many of them from around Kitui South and its environs to be employed as garment makers and machine operators.

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An estimated 200 personnel is expected to be immediately employed at the facility while thousands of jobs and wealth creation opportunities will accrue as a result of the Mutomo KICOTEC.

The Governor later visited Mutomo Botanical gardens, Animal sanctuary and Snake park. The county government has developed the infrastructure around the sanctuary and is looking to enter into partnership with developers to operationalize the tourist attraction. Kitui County government is working with the National Museums of Kenya to make this project a reality.

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An expression of interest will soon be put out to invite partners and investors into the tourism and recreational facility.

Alongside the snake park, animal sanctuary and botanical gardens, there will also be other developments like tented camps, a Boutique hotel, eateries and restaurants.

It is estimated that the establishment will create upwards of 1200 direct and indirect employment opportunities for Mutomo and its environs.

Governor Ngilu was accompanied by Tourism CECM Patrick Koki Kuvasila, Kitui County Deputy speaker Emelitus Kasee and Mutomo MCA David Masaku.