, MESESI, Kenya, Aug 21 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Friday affirmed that the decision to remove all settlers from the country’s water towers was irreversible.
Emphasising that conservation of the environment was a matter of life and death, the PM said all those who had settled in the water towers will soon be removed to give way to intensive re-afforestation efforts.
He singled out the Mau forest complex saying that following years of plunder by settlers, the government was committed to restoring it to its original state and would start by removing the settlements.
Said the PM: “This programme will start soon in the Mau but will be rolled out to other water towers so that we can conserve our environment.”
He told the youth to join the afforestation efforts under the Kazi Kwa Vijana programme noting that an initial Sh8 billion had been released this financial year for community programmes under the youth initiative.
Mr Odinga was addressing a public rally at Mesesi market in Bomachoge constituency where he led campaigns for the ODM candidate in the forthcoming by election Simon Ogari.
Once again Mr Odinga said the government was taking development to all corners of the country irrespective of political affiliation noting that even areas previously perceived to be in the opposition would not be discriminated against.
“We are all in the government, and should pool our resources together for the benefit of our country, “he added.
The PM announced that in its continued development efforts, the government would tarmac the Ogembo –Egetuki-Suneka road and upgrade the Mesesi dispensary to a health centre.
“We shall also address the shortage of doctors in government health institutions in this area and countrywide to ensure that the wananchi receive good medical attention,” he said.
The PM also touched on the prices of tea saying the government through the Ministry of Agriculture was addressing the issue with a view to having them improved.
He reiterated that under the constituency development fund and other devolved funds, every constituency was required to have a model school, a health centre and a market.
He called for peaceful and democratic electioneering and voting in the Bomachoge by-elections saying there was no preferred government candidate.