Uasin Gishu County is safe, says Mandago

Uasin Gishu County is a safe destination for local and foreign investors, area Governor, Jackson Mandago has assured.

Mandago says a groundbreaking ceremony of construction of the country’s first Sh.200 billion Special Economic Zone by Deputy President William Ruto last Friday is an indication that the devolved unit was an attractive investment destination.

The governor asked the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to stop labeling the county as among the 19 problematic counties which should be monitored closely in the run up the August 8 General Election as this will hurt investment environment.

Speaking in Kesses constituency on Sunday during a campaign rally to drum up support for his re-election on Jubilee Party ticket, Mandago said that local political and church leaders have resolved to ensure there will be no violence related to election now and after the August polls.

Mandago said if the county were unsafe as highlighted in the report published by the Francis Ole Kaparo led Commission, African Economic Zone Pearl River would not have set shop in the county.

The setting up of the special economic zone by a foreign investor in our county is an indication that the region is peaceful and safe to conduct business, said Mandago.

The Governor asked various communities living in the county not to fear over the safety of their lives and property in the coming election assuring them that the region will remain peaceful now and after polls.

Mandago told them to vote in leaders of their choice with their conscience without any intimidation or coercion from those seeking for leadership position.

He complained that continued labeling of the county in bad light by the commission was not only a wide plot to sabotage the economy of the regional government but was meant to scare away investors from setting their business in the area.

The Deputy President said the multi-billion project, which is part of the fulfillment of Jubilee government’s manifesto, would provide 40,000 direct and 150,000 indirect jobs when completed.

Ruto who represented President Uhuru Kenyatta at the ground-breaking ceremony said the industrial zones will transform the way Kenyans do business, the same way they have done in other countries.

Source: Kenya News Agency