Kitui governor elect Charity Ngilu on Tuesday told the team planning her inauguration to redirect the Sh 6million budget towards provision of water to needy residents.
She said this during a meeting with Kitui county commissioner Boaz Cherotich at the latter’s office.
The former Lands CS said it makes no sense to use that amount of money on a one -day event while thousands of people are suffering a water shortage.
“All we need on that day is a Bible and venue. It certainly does not cost Sh6 million. Let us be sensitive to the poor in all our actions.”
The forum also discussed modalities of helping farmers in an effort to rid the county of food deficits.
The county has in many occasions depended on famine relief supplies from the national government, which locally known as Mwolyo.
Cherotich told the incoming governor that the county has ten water bowsers, six of which were operational while the rest were grounded.
Ngilu directed that the money be channeled to making the trucks operational so that they supply water to residents.
She also sought a report from Water chief officer Jacob Mwandikwa on the state of the county’s boreholes.
“The voices I have heard from the people are those of despair. I believe that we can begin to change this right away,” the incoming governor said.
“It must not wait any further,” she said in a remark that indicates her quest to hit the ground running to fulfill her campaign promises.
Ngilu is to be sworn in on Tuesday August 22, 2017 at Muslim Secondary School grounds.
She beat David Musila and Julius Malombe at the polls with 167,765 votes (47,24%) against the two politicians’ 113,300 votes (31,91%) and 74 044 votes (20,85%) respectively.
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