By Barrack Muli
The final preparations to make Mwingi Town the second Municipality in Kitui stepped up today at the consultative meeting convened in Mwingi town.
The public participation was led by Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and graced by among others Mwingi West MP Charles Nguna, Mwingi North MP Eng. Nzengu Malili, Kitui County MP Dr. Irene Kasalu, Mwingi Central MP Dr. Mulyungi’s representative.
Kitui County Members of the County Assembly, the Mwingi Business Community, Members of the clergy and thousands of Mwingi Residents.
The preparations to usher in the municipality are in line with the criteria set out in the Urban Areas and Cities Act and heightened after Governor Ngilu appointed a multi-disciplinary taskforce to steer preparations towards the conferment of Municipal status to Mwingi Town early this year.
Addressing the meeting today, Governor Charity Ngilu said efforts to successfully confer the municipality status matured twenty-six years later after the conferment status proposal was first presented to retired president Daniel Moi in 1993 by the late Councilor Joseph Musyoka Munyambu saying the process should end in two months.
She noted that areas of the proposed Municipality will cover Mwingi Central and Kivou Wards, parts of Kiomo/Kyethani and a part of Kyome/Thaana Wards of Mwingi West Sub County urging the technical committee to consider the possibility of including other proposed regions in the municipality as suggested by the meeting.
Governor Ngilu further said Mwingi residents will upon conferment enjoy better planning and development of infrastructure thus increasing interest of private investors, jobs and business.
The Municipality, Ngilu says, will increase budget allocations and funding from institutions that fund urban development programmes such as World Bank, increase efficiency in access to services and spur citizens’ engagement with the county and national governments.
Noting that Mwingi Town administration budget is sh.82 million, Ngilu said her government will allocate additional funds in the budget to have financial resources that match the ambitious plan for the development of the Municipality.
The public participation meeting unanimously agreed with the proposal to confer Charter to the Proposed Municipality of Mwingi, and resolved that Governor Ngilu, the County Executive and the Kitui County Assembly expedite all legislative, administrative and prograsmme initiatives required to realize the Charter and Municipality in the shortest period possible.
Leaders attending the forum praised the plan as a well-off progress that will universally improve the livelihoods of the residents.