Residents of Bahati Constituency are finding relief in the National Youth Service (NYS) Programme that is now opening up miles of feeder roads that have been in utter disrepair for years.
The residents say the programme that has also provided gainful job openings to more than 1,000 youth and women in the area has enabled transport services in the area to be efficient courtesy of paved roads and rehabilitated waste water drainage channels.
Families living at the foot of Menengai Crater and at low lying areas on the outskirts of Menengai forest say their homes that used to be swept away by floods are now secure with the drainage channels constructed by the NYS programme to drain rain water.
Area Member of Parliament (MP) Kimani Ngunjuri who launched the second phase of the NYS cleanup programme in the area on Monday called on residents to initiate development committees up to ward levels and develop work plans that will enable the programme to rehabilitate feeder roads dilapidated by waste or rain water.
The legislator called on youth in the area to ignore calls for anti IEBC demonstrations from politicians aligned to the opposition by engaging in nation building ventures like the NYS programme that will also improve their living standards.
He observed that the constant protests staged by youth in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu are increasingly causing strategic investors to shy away from the area and this is bound to negate progressive economic development in a city once primed to be East Africas commercial hub.
Ngunjiri used the occasion to caution elected leaders moving under the banner Mbele iko sawa na Uhuruto”against running divisive campaigns in the cosmopolitan Nakuru County, saying their alleged irresponsible campaigns in the region is stalking discord among peaceful communities .
The MP appealed to the leaders led by Gatundu South law maker Mosses Kuria and former Budalangi legislator Ababu Namwamba to champion political causes that unify citizens on common social economic fronts rather than those that allegedly drives a wedge among them.
Ngunjiri who is also the Chairman of Nakuru County Parliamentarians caucus was reacting to inciting remarks made by Mosses Kuria three weeks ago when he led President Uhuru Kenyattas campaigns in Nakuru Town West and East.
Source: Kenya News Agency