Taita-Taveta leaders pledge to work with the government

Jubilee has received a major boost after top leaders in Taita-Taveta County pledged to work closely with the government for the sake of development.

Led by Governor Granton Samboja, the leaders said that the region was ready to work with the government to ensure that the welfare of the residents was taken care off.

He stated that the region has multi-billion shillings projects that needed close cooperation between the county and national government for them to be completed on time.

Governor Samboja was speaking at Moi stadium on Tuesday when he received President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto for a Jubilee Campaign in the region.

I have worked with these two leaders and I am ready to work with them for the sake of development for my people, declared Samboja amidst cheers from his supporters.

Other leaders who pledged to support the government include former Governor John Mruttu, former PS Emanuel Kisombe and a host of other former Members of County Assembly (MCAs) who failed to clinch their post in August 8 election.

Leaders present included Tourism CS Najib Balala, PS for environment Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi, Taita Taveta Women Rep Lydia Haika and former women Rep Joyce Lay.

Mwandawiro Mghanga, the National Chair of Social Democratic Party (SDP) also endorsed the re-election of President Uhuru stating that the party had decided to back the candidate with the best interest of Kenya.

Speaking to a charged crowd, former Governor John Mruttu said the region had no future in ODM and it was time to move to where their interest would be taken care of.

He noted that since 2007, the region has supported ODM with no tangible benefits going to the locals.

He noted that the local residents have been surviving on hope for a better future as promised by the opposition while other regions that worked with the government progressed.

In 2007, we planted and harvested nothing. Same in 2013 and 2017 but we got nothing. This time, we are planting elsewhere where we are assured we will harvest, he said cryptically.

Former Governor Mruttu asked the president to expedite the process of allocation of title deeds for squatters in the region, including Singila Majengo area in Mwatate.

He also said the government should work towards delineating the exact location of the boundary between the Tsavo National Park and human settlement area.

Governor Samboja, who was elected under Wiper ticket, said the region was still in dire need of partners to develop and stated that he was willing to work with leaders who would bring development to his people.

He stated that the Sh 40 billion Mzima 2 water project which will supply water in all the four sub-counties of Mwatate, Voi, and Wundanyi would require close collaboration between the two governments.

He also pointed out that the county was in need of state-of-the-art abattoir where animals from the ranches would be slaughtered and packaged for export market.

The region has 28 ranches that occupy over 1.4 million acres and was declared a Disease-Free Zone by Ministry of Livestock.

He added that such projects would provide employment for the local youth and improve their lives.

Before his plunge into politics, Samboja had been appointed as Chair for Coast Water Services Board (CWSB) by Jubilee government in 2014.

Source: Kenya News Agency