Kitui, Thursday September 28, 2017
Organizations donors in a roundtable table meeting where she urged their representatives to partner with her in delivering real change to residents.
During the meeting at the Kenya Forest Research Institute, brought together four donors- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP),the Institute of Social Accountability(TISA), Action Aid International and SNV from Netherlands and 38 CSOs operating in Kitui.
The governor reiterated her commitment and willingness in joining hands with the non-profitable organisations in charting a common path of development and poverty eradication in the vast county.
“You are welcome in Kitui County because I am ready to partner with you since we are serving the same people” the governor said
She said her administration will support like minded organisations realize their objectives which must be in line with her five pointer development agenda for Kitui residents who voted overwhelmingly for her manifesto.
“My agenda is simply to serve the people and move Kitui forward” she said
The round table hosted by Angela Musyoka of the Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education and moderated by Florence Ndeti of Caritas, Ngilu urged local civil society groups to depart from their old planning approaches and instead mobilize resources into a common pool to enable them implement flagship projects in their areas of operations.
Attributing deep rooted poverty in the county to poor planning and coordination of development projects by previous regimes, Ngilu asked the NGO representatives to meet her every three months for comparison of notes on the progress of various projects initiated in the county and set common goals for subsequent programs.
“I would appreciate more if charitable organisations supplied my people with tractors and seeds to enhance their subsistence farming instead of relief food when hunger strikes”, she urged
Ngilu equally challenged them to consider initiating realistic and impact oriented projects that will produce the highly desired positive change in the lives of local beneficiaries.
She asked them to consider integration during implementation of related projects to avoid unnecessary duplication of projects which in the long run strain their budgets and leave very little achieved.
She decried the allocation of ‘little pennies here and there in little projects’, which according to the former Lands Cabinet Secretary, achieved little or no tangible results for target beneficiaries.
A former long serving MP for Kitui central Ngilu said projects initiated by various non-governmental organisations in her county must be tailor-cut to “lift Musangi from the dust”. Musangi is Kitui’s equivalent for Wanjiku.
Musangi, a needy woman and close ally of Mrs. Ngilu, has been named analogically by the governor in her speeches as a representative of Kitui County’s destitute and the needy earning herself an unprecedented popularity and recognition regionally.
The governor referred to her as the chief guest during her inauguration ceremony. She even called her to address other guests when she rose to make her maiden speech on the podium.
“Caritas has initiated various water projects in the various parts of the Kitui County and any partnership with the County government is a big boost towards realization of our objectives” Florence Ndeti, the programs coordinator at the Catholic Church funded organisation said.