The Madaraka Day celebration in Taita-Taveta County was dominated by speeches on achievements of both the National and County governments in the region.
The event, which was held at Dawson Mwanyumba’s Stadium in Wundanyi, is the last before the August General election.
Speaking on Thursday during the event, Taita-Taveta County Commissioner (CC), Kula Hache said the government has made major achievements in ensuring the region benefited with development projects.
She pointed out that the residents had been issued with title deeds as part of efforts to deal with the squatters’ problem.
The CC noted that the government also managed to connect schools in the region with electricity while major roads had been completed to ease transportation of people and goods.
The Government remains committed to ensuring that this region is also growing in tandem with others by implementing development projects to better the lives of the local residents, she said.
The CC called on residents and politicians to maintain peace and harmony during the electioneering period, adding that the region was enjoying development due to the peace and unity amongst local residents.
Other leaders who attended the celebrations include Governor John Mruttu, aspiring Women Representative on a Jubilee ticket, Lydia Haika and the County security team.
In his speech, Mruttu said his administration had made tremendous progress in laying down the basic foundation that is necessary for growth.
He stated that contrary to claims he had not developed the region, he had achieved a lot despite stiff opposition from his opponents who were bent to make him fail.
The Governor cited the construction of 185 ECDE centers and recruitment of 657 ECDE teachers as part of his commitment to support early childhood programs.
Mruttu added that his government had also built 227 vocational training centers and rehabilitated six more.
He said his administration also offered full scholarships to 20 students and the program will continue for all students who will score 400 marks and above.
All these are things you can verify. My government promised to work for the people and it has done so, he said.
Other projects that the governor claimed to have initiated include the introduction of mobile library services, equipping and rehabilitation of several health facilities across the county and purchasing of five tractors to boost farming.
Mruttu further appealed to residents to maintain peace as they engage in politics for development sake.
Source: Kenya News Agency