Lets utilize our resources to end poverty in Ukambani, Ngilu tells leaders.
By Gabriel Ndeleva and Tiana kimwele
Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has called on Ukambani leaders to utilize local resources well to end poverty in the region.
Speaking at the South Eastern Kenya Economic Block (SEKEB) Meeting, which was convened by the Africa Brotherhood Church Archbishop Timothy Ndambuki at the Church’s headquarters in Machakos, The Governor said the resources are enough to change the status quo.
The Meeting was attended by all The Three ukambani Governors, Speakers of the three County assemblies, majority and Minority leaders from Makueni and Machakos Counties and Atumia ma Thome.
The meeting aims to kick start the SEKEB, which was formed in 2016 and is yet to make any substantive moves to end poverty.
She called on three Governors to support one another in the key milestone projects, which depends on others input. She suggested that Makueni County with their juice processing plant, Ought to buy all the Mangoes in Kitui and Machakos, then in exchange, Kitui sells school uniforms to the two counties.
The idea was supported by Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, who said the region should not have similar projects, unless they are branches of the original project.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua seconded the idea by saying Machakos is in the process of starting a microfinance bank, so the monies from the projects in Makueni and Kitui, will be banked in Machakos.
Governor Ngilu also stressed the need of adhering to timelines in all the policies the block will make, to foster fast development, and bring changes to the lives of the people of Ukambani region.
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