Kilimo defends creation of districts

April 12, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12 – Co-operative Development and Marketing assistant minister Linah Jebii Kilimo has defended the creation of new districts, saying that it was meant to take services closer to the people.

Mrs Kilimo said the new districts would improve the lives of Kenyans in rural areas who have been travelling long distances for services at the district headquarters.

“It should be understood that it is always the women who suffer more because they cannot leave their children at home to walk for long distances to access services at the district headquarters,” she said.

Speaking at Kapkoi Primary School in Keiyo district at the weekend during a harambee in aid of eight athletes who have been offered full scholarships to study in the United States, Mrs Kilimo said it was shocking that leaders were dwelling on petty politics while thousands of Kenyans were hard hit by famine due to the prolonged drought in many parts of the country.

“The President and the PM should meet urgently and hold talks and come up with a common agenda for the sake of peace and unity in this country,” she stressed.

The Marakwet East MP emphasised the need for leaders in the Rift Valley to be united and speak with one voice so that they could have a sound bargaining power come the next General Election.

“Unless we are united, the problems facing our community will never be solved. We should have a common development agenda if our grievances have to be addressed in future economically, socially and politically,” she added.

Keiyo North MP Lucas Chepkitony supported the creation of more districts noting that it was the only way of relieving people of the burden of travelling for distances in search of services at the district headquarters.

He said MPs were under pressure from their respective constituents to agitate for the creation of more districts due to high population pressures.


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