Munya urges leaders to tone down on politics

Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has asked leaders in the country to tone down on politics and instead direct their energies to development activities.

Mr. Munya who is in charge of the East African Community and the Development of the Northern Corridor docket, lamented that politicians were engaging in too much politics at the expense of development.

Speaking at the Galole Integrated Multi-purpose Fruit Processing Plant in Tana River County, Munya said the ongoing politicking by certain leaders in the country was an impediment to development as the leaders focus on 2022 politics.

It is not proper to politic at this time, less than one year after a bruising general election. Time for politics is over and leaders should now concentrate their efforts on how to better the lives of Kenyans, he said.

He said leaders, whether elected or nominated, had a duty to serve wananchi and to direct their energies in ensuring the government delivers its mandate to the people.

If politics becomes the order of the day, it will be difficult for the government to fulfil its pledges in the remaining four years before the next polls, he said.

The CS who was on a tour of various development projects in the Coastal region urged residents of the region to support the government’s development initiatives.

He said the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSET) projects, which include the construction of the Lamu Port, a railway line and a road from Lamu to Ethiopia, would greatly improve the economy of the region in general and Lamu in particular.

Munya, who is also in charge of Regional Development Authorities, announced government plans to revive the Tana Delta Irrigation Project (TDIP).

The rice irrigation project, which is under the Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority (TARDA) has been operating below capacity in recent years.

He urged farmers in the Hola and Bura Irrigation schemes to dedicate themselves to food production in order to reduce food scarcity in the area.

The National and County Governments have agreed to work together to boost agriculture and livestock production as well as to build cold-storage facilities for fish in Kipini, he said.

He said the construction of the High Ground Falls Dam along the River Tana would commence soon, adding that the project would solve the perennial flooding problems in Tana River County.

Munya also visited the TDIP and the National Cereals and Produce Board Silos in Garsen constituency before touring the Galole Integrated Fruit Processing Plant in Galole constituency.

Source: Kenya News Agency