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Kenya to focus on devt despite global crisis

NAIROBI, Kenya, 9 March – President Mwai Kibaki has reassured that his Government will not waver in its determination to implement projects that will improve the lives of Kenyans.

President Kibaki said although the global financial crisis and the current food shortage in the country were taking up resources earmarked for development projects, the Government is committed to ensuring that adequate financial resources are set aside for development.

“We will strive to implement pro-wananchi projects because we are committed to addressing the development needs of all Kenyans,” President Kibaki said.

The President was addressing a delegation of leaders from the larger Embu and Mbeere region who met him on Monday at his Harambee House office to discuss the development agenda of their region.

President Kibaki assured the delegation that the region will not be left out in the Government’s wider plan to provide clean water and rehabilitate key roads countrywide.

The Head of State commended the leaders for their unity of purpose and focus in development issues.

Said the Head of State: “I am very pleased that you have put aside political interests and come together in support of the development of your region.”

The leaders thanked President Kibaki and the Government for the development projects implemented in the region so far.

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They cited the Siakago, Kieni and Gachoka water projects and the rehabilitation of roads as some of the projects that the Government is undertaking in the region.

In this regard, the leaders appealed to the Government to allocate more funds for the projects in the next financial year so as to expedite their completion.

The leaders also requested for the establishment of a university college in the region in order to promote education in the area.

The Embu and Mbeere delegation included Assistant Minister Cecily Mbarire who is also the Runyenjes Member of Parliament, Gachoka Member of Parliament Mutava Musyimi, Manyata Member of Parliament Emilio Kathuri and his Siakago counterpart Lenny Kivuti and Eastern Provincial Commissioner David Jakaiti among others.


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