, DUBAI, Feb 25 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has secured an investor who will set up a fruit factory in his county.
Dr Mutua who is on an official trip in Dubai said he was glad that the investors he met have accepted his request to put up a factory, adding that it will go a long way in creating employment opportunities for the Machakos youths.
“While I was campaigning, I promised my people that I will have a new factory in every Machakos Constituency (sub-county) so as to provide jobs and grow the economy of our people,” said Mutua.
Mutua has also urged politicians to keep to the promises they give during campaigns.
“As part of Maendeleo Chap Chap, I am committed to show it is possible for wananchi to get what they are promised and not the usual empty rhetoric.”
He has urged Kenyans to be careful about politicians whose only desire is to enrich themselves in the name of fighting for their people.
“Poverty cannot be fought with stories, insults or political theatrics. Our people want action they can see and touch. That, after all, is the essence of governance,” he said.
Governor Mutua said he is dedicating the first few months of 2016 to reach out to investors so as to attract new companies in Machakos.
“I have committed to spend the first few months of this year hunting for goodies for my people so that their lives can improve. As leaders, we have to think outside the box and sacrifice our time, comforts and energy so as to fulfill our pledges for the benefit of wananchi.”
Mutua met Thursday, in Dubai with senior management of the Joz Group, who expressed their commitment to set up a fruit factory in the county.
“I have held discussions with the group’s chairman Mr Mohammed Jamil Joz, who expects to break ground within three months in Machakos County. His factory will employ hundreds of our youth,” he said.
He added that Machakos County Government will work with, and support farmers as well as help in collecting fruits at decent prices and sending to the factory.
“We no longer want to see our mangoes and oranges rotting on the ground whereas they can be converted to money by our farmers,” Mutua said.
“Our biggest devil in Kenya is poverty. If we roll back poverty, we will be able to sort out many of our problems. Poverty, though, can only be rolled back by concrete economic growth action not sideshows, propaganda, corruption and lethargy.”
Governor Mutua was accompanied to the meetings by his Minister of Trade and Industrialization Dr Sunil Dhall and Chief officers, Sheila Mukunya of Trade and Mwikali Muthoka of Lands.