In light of the impending October-December rains, Kitui Deputy Governor HE Wambua Kanani has issued a stern warning to residents of Kitui and Kenyans across the nation.
The meteorological department has raised concerns about the possibility of above-normal rainfall during this period, prompting the deputy governor to emphasize the importance of taking preventive measures to ensure public safety.
Deputy Governor Kanani took the opportunity to convey this important message while leading a proactive waterway and drainage unblocking exercise in the Kalundu shopping center within Kitui municipality. This exercise is part of the Kitui County government’s comprehensive plan to minimize the potential risks associated with heavy rainfall and possible flooding.
“As a county government, we are leaving no stone unturned in our preparations for the expected above-normal rains,” Kanani stated emphatically. The administration is determined to take all necessary precautions, which include the unblocking of drainage systems in urban areas and the implementation of effective garbage management strategies.
These measures are vital to preventing potential flooding and the outbreak of water-borne diseases that can result from heavy rains.
Accompanying Deputy Governor Kanani were several key figures, including Area MCA Mr. Daniel Ngoima, Mr. Fred Kimanga, CECM for Lands and Urban Development, Eng. Reuben Itiko, CECM for Roads, Public Works, and Boda Boda, Ms. Francisca Kyui, Chief Officer for Performance Contracting and Disaster Management, and Mr. Evans Mutemi, the Chief Officer for Urban Development.
The presence of officials from the Kenya Red Cross, Kitui branch, and Kitui Town Municipality officials underscored the collaborative effort being undertaken to ensure the safety and well-being of the community.
As part of what is referred to as “The Kitui County Promise,” this proactive approach from the local government sends a powerful message of their commitment to the residents’ safety and the importance of community preparedness during the upcoming rainy season.
The collective efforts of Kitui County and its residents in adhering to these warnings and following safety guidelines will undoubtedly prove crucial in minimizing the risks and challenges posed by heavy rains, ensuring that the region remains resilient and safeguarded during this period of unpredictable weather.
The commitment shown by Kitui’s leaders and officials should serve as an example for all regions as they prepare for the unpredictable challenges that nature can sometimes present.