H.E Charity Ngilu, Governor Kitui County.
By Munyasya Musya.
Kitui governor H.E Charity Ngilu has challenged Kenyans living in the diaspora to seek and explore various business opportunities in Kitui County and invest in them. She says the County Government of Kitui has taken the necessary steps to provide conducive environment and the required infrastructure for investors wishing to put their money in the county.
Ngilu was speaking during the opening ceremony of Kitui Villa Hotel at Ngiini Village in the outskirts of Kitui town on Tuesday, 10th July, 2018.She noted that Kenyans in diaspora remitted at least sh 200 billion annually into the country which could be invested to change the economic wellbeing of people living in the counties.
She praised a hotel owner, renown US based human rights crusader and scholar Professor Makau Mutua who resides from Kitui County for choosing to invest in the multi-million facility which is expected to create employment and stir up wealth creation in the county.
Ngilu says the new hotel investment with her 5-point development manifesto will improve on areas such as women and youth empowerment and wealth creation.
The Governor said the first ever massive bumper Ndengu harvest in Kitui County this year has enabled residents to have good food security and break away from dependence on food aid popularly known as Mwolyo.
“We have produced a lot of Ndengu and nobody is going to wait and queue for mwolyo in chief’s camps. We are food secure for the first time and we don’t want to talk about mwolyo any more,” she said.
She also said her government would help farmers to engage in value addition of ndengu and other local produce by packaging and marketing them as branded products in Kenya and beyond, and that her government is seeking to attract investors in the solar sector so that all villages could access cheaper electricity for use in pumping water, irrigation projects and cottage industries in order to uplift incomes and welfare of people living in rural areas.
Noting that the livestock sector is a major endowment for Kitui County, Governor Ngilu said her government has purchased trucks to help livestock keepers and merchants to ferry their animals to and from markets.
She notes that the South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) is partnering with her government to explore and develop value addition initiatives such as leather processing and manufacture of leather products as well as garment making.
“Kitui County spends 2 billion annually on purchase of uniforms and we want to lay mechanisms to tap on this sector and ensure all that money remains in the county by promoting garment making investments,” added Ngilu.
Attending the meeting was NASA chiefs Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka and Prof. Makau Mutua was hailed for his patriotic commitment to democracy and human rights and a role model to the diaspora on investment in their motherland.