, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7 – Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua plans to sink 1,000 boreholes as part of his efforts to honour one of his pre- election pledges to the residents of his county.
Mutua says the program under his ‘Maendeleo Chap Chap’ mantra will see the residents of Machakos within one kilometre of the borehole access clean tap water.
“Our people have for eon’s trekked long distances in search of water and which at times is neither clean nor adequate for their domestic use,” says Mutua.
The Governor also stated that boreholes under his ambitious Sh2.5 billion water programme will be operational by June next year while adding that those in existence will be rehabilitated.
While launching the program at Katine village in Matungulu Sub County, Mutua said it was important to embrace technology to deliver water and save women the hustle of searching and carrying the commodity.
“It is illogical for one to be using a mobile phone and yet trek kilometres in search of water. This is wrong and that’s why I want to give my people the dignity they deserve,” he added.
Mutua who also toured homes in Syanamu village, Kangundo constituency some of which had gone ahead to install showers in their bathrooms said this rather simple idea would offer a change in lifestyle for residents.
“We want people to also have showers in their homes and this is my pledge to them,” says the Governor.
Mutua whose development agenda has rubbed many local politicians the wrong way said his focus was not on empty political rhetoric but rather on serving the electorate effectively.
“As a leader I do not want to engage in empty talk and I want to transform all my plans into action. Water is a right not a privilege,” he says.
The Governor insisted he was vouching for transformational leadership that will accelerate development in the county which has over the years lagged behind in growth and development.
“It is shameful that the same politicians want our people to remain poor and vulnerable so that they can continue exploiting them during campaigns,” says Mutua.
The Machakos Governor has also launched the water program in Machakos, Mwala, Yatta, Kangundo, Mavoko, Masinga, Kathiani and Matungulu Sub Counties.
Apart from water, Mutua says his government is also improving infrastructure in all towns and markets across the county and creating a conducive environment for business people.
And his work has not gone unnoticed, 54 year-old Kioko Kituku from Katine village could not contain his joy over the project saying he will no longer have to trek over 10km in search of water led to diseases since it was not treated.
“Never in my life did I imagine that I could have a shower in my bathroom,” he said.
Governor Mutua said the clean water would also be used for small scale farming thus improving food stability hence ending hunger and starvation.
Mutua also announced that the county will be hold a stakeholders’ symposium on Tuesday next week bringing together NGOs , donor agencies , foundations, embassies and development organizations to come up with ways of alleviating poverty in the region.
“My government aims to realise accelerated fight against poverty and rapid development for Machakos and its neighbouring regions,” said Mutua.
The Governor also urges residents to take advantage of the National government Last Mile Power connectivity project that facilitates affordable connection of electricity to the national grid to facilitate access to power.