Politicians urged to avoid demeaning national government projects

Opposition politicians have been urged to stop demonizing the significance of National Government projects to gain political mileage during their campaigns.

Principal Secretary (PS) for Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Margaret Mwakima said many projects being undertaken in several parts of the country should be embraced by all leaders as they were meant to serve the ordinary citizen.

Speaking at Voi town during a public participation drive for Third Medium Term Plan (MTP) on Monday, the PS said it was unpatriotic for opposition politicians to sneer and dismiss government projects.

She said leaders should be at the forefront in passing the right information to the public to ensure the citizenry was properly informed on implementation progress of projects contained in Vision 2030.

Politicians are key stakeholders in articulating development projects to the people as a way of improving knowledge base amongst citizens. Lying or dismissing projects that are already in place is very unfortunate as the projects are meant to serve all citizens, she said.

The public participation event for the MTP brought together several Heads of Department from both the National and the County governments. The development plan covered projects that would be implemented from 2018 to 2022.

Ms. Mwakima noted that most flagship projects being implemented were part of Vision 2030 Economic Blueprint that should exceed political affiliations.

Politicians should desist from lying and dismissing projects that are meant to boost the social and economic wellbeing of the citizenry, she said.

Her sentiments come in the wake of uproar caused by Kilifi Governor, Amason Kingi, who over the weekend alleged the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project was of no benefit to the locals.

Kingi further alleged that the region had been forgotten by planners who failed to build a station for passengers in the region.

Ms. Mwakima said Voi had the largest SGR station along Nairobi-Mombasa route and anyone, saying otherwise was merely denying evidence they see on the ground.

We have an SGR station located in Voi, saying it is not there is simply outrageous. That is something that anyone with eyes can see, she said.

The Voi meeting was also attended by Director of Vision 2030 Secretariat, Dr. Julius Muiya, Director of Planning at the National Treasury, Sabina Maghanga, County Executive Committee Member, Vincent Masawi, religious leaders, Civil Society groups and youth and women representatives.

In his address, Dr. Muiya pointed out that the implementation of Vision 2030 was well on schedule with remarkable progress being recorded in ICT and infrastructural sectors which were well ahead in their stipulated timelines.

He cited examples of electricity connection which was at 70 per cent nationally and internet connectivity through National Fiber Optic Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) was installed in all the county headquarters.

We are doing very well in implementation of Vision 2030. In some areas, we are well ahead of schedule while in others we need more effort, he said.

One of the areas that he said needed focus was on establishing Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in selected areas across the country which would boost industrialization.

He said there was a challenge to acquire land in several counties where SEZ would be located and urged the counties to prioritize land availability in their County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP).

Source: Kenya News Agency