Mutua opens Machakos’ first ever leisure park

The park which cost an estimated Sh20 million is home to the continent's first field amphitheatre and is expected to generate upwards of Sh100 million for the county annually/FILE

The park which cost an estimated Sh20 million is home to the continent’s first field amphitheatre and is expected to generate upwards of Sh100 million for the county annually/FILE

MACHAKOS, Kenya, Feb 7 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua on Friday opened the county’s first recreational grounds, named Machakos People’s Park.

The park which cost an estimated Sh20 million is home to the continent’s first field amphitheatre and is expected to generate upwards of Sh100 million for the county annually.

“We plan to make Machakos County the tourism hub of Kenya so as to generate wealth to enable us to transform the lives of our people,” Mutua said at the opening.

The 40-acre park which sits right on the edge of the New Machakos City site will also be home to the county’s first public swimming pool and includes the Maruba dam on which visitors can go boat riding on the five-seater MV Machakos.

The county however plans to use conference tourism to generate most of its income from the park, “We want this to be a place where people come, set up a tent and have a conference,” Mutua publicised.

Adding that the park will also be open for wedding parties and live performances; the first of which will take place over the Valentine’s weekend.

“The park will be officially open to the public from February 14 when a free, three day entertainment extravaganza will kick off,” he publicised.

There are currently no gate charges but even after they take effect, the Governor assured children will get in free.

“There are water fountains for them to look at, there’s a play area, plenty of room to run, a restaurant and we plan on having miniature golf. So there’s plenty to see and do,” he assured.

The Governor said 10,000 Machakos residents had already benefited from the park, in the form of employment, as it was being set up.

“This park has mostly been built not using machinery but by hand. We decided that we wanted to employ as many people as possible so as to transfer the money not to big companies but to my people,” he said.

And as he plans to set up similar parks in all the towns of Machakos county, the governor plans on benefitting from the Machakos People’s Park himself.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time her, day and night, but I’ll also be spending a lot of time here, sitting on one of the park benches reflecting and enjoying myself.”

OLIVE BURROWS

OLIVE BURROWS

Olive Burrows has been writing features for the last five years having studied communication at Daystar University. She hopes to make a difference through human interest features and is passionate about the environment. She hopes to grow her experience doing radio and video features at Capital FM and to contribute to the brand’s tradition of trend setting.

  • John Mutunga

    Kudos Sir

  • kamau wa ngaruiya

    Governor Mutua next time be our governor in Kiambu County we will vote for you hundred percent

    • Lucy

      i would ask him to be our governor in Mombasa

  • Paul

    All this in less than a year!! And Kabogo is busy insulting people. Well, he can start packing up.

    • Duncan Muchina

      Actually, it takes less time than you think to transform any place. Take a look at Uyo in Nigeria before 2007 and after. All it takes is a good vision without which all are damned. Machakos got a visionary as a leader. The rest we are yet to know.

    • Delta4

      Kabogo insulted who, Bana? He made no gender distinction in his comments – that a prospecting political leader from either gender would need to manifest basic family values, the most immediate being a spouse. Nothing to do with gender. This is an qualification for political office the world over. You harp about a cause that has no foundation, simply regurgitating bar-room chittering.

  • Tony Njiiri

    Real shame that the governors of Kiambu and Nairobi, are busy hating on women, yet we have seen no tangible nor credible vision for these great counties. Maybe merge Kiambu, Nairobi and Machakos and have Mutua as the Governor , we would go very far with him at the helm, very far indeed.

    • Macharia Jacque

      was thinking the same how do we make that proposal

  • Shiro

    By far the governor who has honored his pledges to the people who voted for him….

    • Duncan Muchina

      He has a wife!

    • MajorT

      Wewe!! Lol

  • beny

    So far the only governor who works for the people who elected him, not politics
    , great job

  • ibra

    Congrats Dr Mutua this is the begining of great things .Great cities had public recreation areas

  • mawiyoo

    What did I tell you! [ say it the way Samuel L. Jackson says it ]. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Incredibly good job Governor Mutua, all the praise to you, you deserve it. This is what Matiba called [ kuweta na kwika ]. Boy oh boy, Mutua is ALL ACTION. Just look @ what he’s been able to achieve within such short time. What can I say, Machakos residents, you just don’t know how LUCKY you are!!!!!!

  • kanges

    AS I CONGRATULATE GOVERNOR MUTUA, I WISH TO REMIND MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS THAT MUTUA WAS THE GOVERMENT SPOKESMAN BUT HIS LITTLE TIME IN OFFICE LEFT HIM CHANGED THE FACE OF UHURU HIGHWAY AND PLANTING OF MANY TREES, IF TRULY NAIROBIANS TAKE BACK MUTUA AS GOVERNOR, WE WILL HAVE NO MORE FLYING TOILETS IN KIBERA AND NAIROBI AS A WHOLE. POLITICS IS A DIRTY GAME BECAUSE EVEN THE LIKES OF GAKUO FORMER TOWN CLERK WHO HARD REPAIRED ALL SEWER DRAINAGE IN NAIROBI WENT DOWN THE DRAIN. REMEMBER WHEN YOU DROPED A MARCH STICK IN THE CITY CENTER HOW YOU WERE ARRESTED AND CHRGED? MANY KENYANS STOPPED SMOKING THEN BUT TODAY SMOKING IS ALL OVER AGAIN EVEN STARTING WITH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO ARREST, HAWKING IS BACK IN THE STREETS DUMPING IS A THING OF KAWAIDA, ITS JUST FILTHY

    • MajorT

      I agree. This Nigga Kidero is doing ZERO. Nairobi is filthy, trash all over, raw sewer (eww), dirty streets, cracked pavements, filthy corner restaurants, chokoras are back, hawkers, and the list goes on. Talk about a “Filthy City in the Sun”

      • Ngoma

        Nigga Kidero is doing something – something called cutting deals!

  • Mzee Mazumbuko

    A+++. Next president of the Republic of Kenya in the making.

  • none

    I envy the people of machakos,you areally are blessed with a visionary leader.

  • none

    someone tell other governors to wake up…….

  • mutinda

    Bwana governor good work.. keep your focus and keep on moving to serve people of machakos… Others have a choice to learn from you or keep on spectating…..

  • birika

    Mutua is from the diaspora. Engaging serious Kenyans abroad can bring good results.

  • none

    well done.God bless u 4 tha transformation.kidero n the like…..kwani mko blind???

  • samuel mulei

    i want to visit the park is there park entrance fee