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Matiang’i lauds Ngilu for county textile factory

It is a 'representation of an administration trained on improving lives'

In Summary

•All chiefs' uniforms will be made by the Kitui-based Kicotec.

•Textile factory described as an embodiment of a county government keen to improve its people's livelihood. 

Kicotec production manager Peter Wachira, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Governor Charity Ngilu and Health CS Sicily Kariuki yesterday
BIG FOUR AGENDA: Kicotec production manager Peter Wachira, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Governor Charity Ngilu and Health CS Sicily Kariuki yesterday
Image: Musembi Nzengu

The Kitui County Texture Centre has been promised business by the national government.

“As a national government, we will give a lot of business to Kitui county,” Interior CS Fred Matiang’i said during a tour of the centre yesterday.

Matiang'i, who was accompanied by his Health counterpart Sicily Kariuki, said the textile factory was an embodiment of a county government keen to improve its people's livelihood. 

“Frankly what I have seen here today is the best possible example of a committed government,” he said.  

The CSs were taken on a tour of the factory by Governor Charity Ngilu and Eastern regional commissioner Isaiah Nakoru.

The visit was a follow-up on a presentation and request made by Ngilu when President Uhuru Kenyatta visited Ukambani recently to launch the Huduma Namba at Masii in Machakos.

President Kenyatta is said to have agreed to award Kicotec the tender to make uniforms for all chiefs.

Matiang’i said the national government was ready to support the factory which employs 300 youths. It was established last year.

The Interior CS commended Ngilu for her development record of improving the economic welfare of the people of Kitui. 

He said manufacturing is a key component of President Kenyatta’s Big Four development agenda.

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and Health CS Sicily Kariuki at the Kicotec factory yesterday
WELL DONE: Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and Health CS Sicily Kariuki at the Kicotec factory yesterday
Image: Musembi Nzengu

Matiang’i said that Kitui should be the destination for other counties to benchmark and regretted that it was imprudent to import goods that could be made in Kenya. 

“There is no point of importing things we can make here. And there is no reason why we should be unwise by supporting other economies instead of our own.” 

The national government will also support Kitui's initiatives on honey and Ndengu value addition, he said. 

On the Huduma Namba registration, the CS said the exercise was progressing well across the country as, by Tuesday, 15.6 million people had registered. He was optimistic that by the end of the week the tally would be 20 million.

Matiang'i was disappointed that charcoal burning and sand harvesting had not stopped in the county a ban by Governor Ngilu.  He ordered the arrest of violators as the protection of the environment cannot be compromised.

Kariuki praised Ngilu for launching the county health insurance cover in tandem with the national government's Universal Health Care agenda.

“I want to commend the governor for having a country-specific delivery of UHC in whose launch I was privileged to represent the President last year,” she said.

She said that for the UHC to succeed, individual Kenyans should take personal responsibility. “While the governments at the county and national level increase investment, healthcare starts with an individual. Prevention is better than cure.” 

Kariuki was also taken on a tour of Kitui Level 4 Hospital by Ngilu. She inspected the renal unit and the CT scan facilities.

(Edited by R.Wamochie)