, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 16 – President Mwai Kibaki on Wednesday held talks with 15 MPs from Ukambani at his Harambee House Office.
The legislators were led by Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka in what the Presidential Press Service described as a “meeting to deliberate on how to address several development needs affecting the area in efforts geared towards revamping vital sectors of the region’s economy.”
During the meeting President Kibaki assured the 15 legislators that the Government was determined to undertake equitable development in all parts of the country.
The MPs used the meeting to ask the government to tarmac the Kibwezi-Kitui-Maua road which was earmarked and designed for improvement many years ago among others vital road links.
The President said that the region’s unique developmental needs would be addressed in order to unlock the economic potential of the region and to guarantee improved living standards among the area residents.
The Head of State affirmed that Kenya was firmly on the path to success and urged Kenyans to steadfastly rededicate to building a prosperous and united nation.
The leaders noted that the maize issue was a critical source of agony among the Ukambani residents with regard to both the low prices being offered to farmers as well as how to comprehensively deal with the maize contaminated by aflatoxin.
The meeting also deliberated on education matters dwelling on the upgrading of Machakos Technical Institute into a full fledged university and improvement of other existing academic facilities.