, KITUI, Kenya, Aug 15 – Kitui Governor-elect Charity Ngilu has told the team planning her inauguration to redirect the Sh6 million budget towards provision of water to needy residents.
Meeting the Kitui County Commissioner Boaz Cherotich in her office for the first time since her election, Ngilu said it makes no sense to use that amount of money on a one-day event while thousands of people are suffering due to water scarcity.
“All we need on that day is a Bible and venue and it certainly does not cost Sh6 million. Let us be sensitive to the poor in all our actions,” she said.
The forum also discussed modalities of helping farmers ahead of the coming rain season in an effort to rid the county of food deficits that trigger periodic famine and the need for relief supplies from the National Government.
Cherotich told Ngilu that the county had a total of 10 water bowsers, six of which were operational while the rest were grounded. She directed that the money be channelled to among other uses, making the trucks operational to begin the work of supplying water to residents.
During the briefing also attended by the County Chief Officer for the Water Jacob Mwandikwa, Ngilu sought a report on the state of boreholes in the county that required quick fixes.
She said: “The voices I have heard from the people are those of despair and I believe that we can begin to change this right away. It must not wait any further,” a remark that is indicative of her quest to hit the ground running to fulfil her campaign promises.
The transition team has been meeting prior to the elections and was joined for the first time by the Governor elect’s appointees to the Committee Alex Nganga and Crispus Kinuva on Monday.
She is to be sworn in on Tuesday August 22, 2017 at Muslim Secondary School Grounds to succeed outgoing Governor Julius Malombe.