Governor Natembeya affirms commitment to working with the national government
Governor George Natembeya today morning affirmed his commitment to working with the national government to see that Trans Nzoia residents benefit wholly from government services.
He said a number of development projects are being launched by the national government. To ensure that Trans Nzoia is also covered, leaders from all spheres of leadership must join hands, he said.
The governor was answering questions during a live radio program on BK FM.
"I only have one agenda, that’s developing my county and ensuring that the living standards of our people are up scaled. For that reason, I am ready to work hand in hand with the national government and other leaders. I want to see that we change the story of Trans Nzoia, for the better” he said.
The county boss said his administration would front a number of issues that should be addressed by the national government urgently. These include the construction of roads, squatters’ problems, and the issuance of land title deeds.
On the matter health services, the governor said that he had already initiated talks with the national government. These discussions would see the newly commissioned county referral hospital equipped to assist residents in getting quality health care at the level 5 facility.
He said the facility needs more than 2 billion shillings to equip which he said is above the county funding capacity.
To boost economic activities in the county, the governor revealed that plans are in place to expand Kitale town. He said the prison and forest land will soon be handed over to the county government to be used for the expansion program.
He added that his administration is also working with the national government to ensure that a university that focuses on agriculture is established.
He said such facilities would not only help boost the county's status in terms of education but also create other economic opportunities in housing and agriculture.
The county is blessed with two water towers on Mount. Elgon and Cherangany said he would ensure that he work jointly with the national government to ensure that residents are connected to clean piped water.
He said his administration plans to open up the Suam border point saying the project is geared towards boosting cross-border business between Kenya and Uganda which he said will immensely benefit the residents of Trans Nzoia.
Governor Natembeya said he would ask for the allocation of more land for the Suam border town when President William Ruto is visiting this week.
To boost trade in the county, the governor revealed that his administration had set aside 100 million for the NAWIRI kitty. He said the fund would assist traders to enhance their businesses.
He said his government would ensure that all bright but needy students from underprivileged families are given the support they need. He said that he had already set aside 100 million for the bursary kitty.
In addition, his government has also launched a feeding program in all ECDE centers across the county. This is because the move would help increase enrollment and ensure quality learning at the centers.
Through the department of health, he said his administration would give stipends to health workers and help register 70K people who will benefit from the NHIF coverage. This is because many residents cannot afford to pay the monthly subscription fee.
He said he is working with members of the county assembly to ensure that all health facilities across the county are equipped with medical supplies.
He said 100k farmers have already registered and they will benefit from the subsidy initiative. Farmers should ensure that they have registered as the process is still in progress.
Soon, he said, he would have a meeting with the police county commander in order to address the issue of harassment claims by the Boda Boda operators.
The governor assured Kitale residents that his government would ensure that Kitale is cleaned and security enhanced.