The state department for planning and statistics, Ministry of devolution and planning held a third medium term plan (MTP) forum yesterday at MTTI grounds Kajiado. The third MTP is set to succeed the second MTP 2013 – 2017 whose implementation is coming to an end this year. This forum aimed to provide an opportunity for county stakeholders to identify and prioritize development programs for incorporation in the Third MTP. Permanent Secretary for defense Hon. Saitoti Torome, County Secretary Dr.Kerei , KIPPRA’s Dr. Rose Ngugi and Economist Samuel Kimote among other representatives were present. PS. Saitoti Torome said that the national government has done its best to bring the country this far and with this MTP, it plans to bring more development to counties and improve living standards of the people of Kenya. County Secretary Dr. Kerei said that the people of Kajiado have benefited from the previous plan especially in terms of education and he added that there are more students going to schools now and that the Early childhood development education which was previously not rampant in this county but is now gaining root and is a big step for the county. The MTP forum was held in all the 47 counties across the country.
As the drought continue to hit many parts of Kajiado county many residents feel the need to manage rain water in the near citing the current water shortage to poor management methods.
During the Kajiado Maji awards at shed hotel Kajiado north, among the many problems highlighted during the participants was about water sensitization in the county.
The ministry of water led by the CECM Jeremiah Nairowua and chief officer Florence Waiganjo said sensitization among the residents will help minimize wastage of the precious commodity. Most residents in the region are struggling to get water and sometimes they are forced to travel for long distance with their animals but the ministry will now train them on how harvest water.
Kajiado governor Dr David Nkedianye said his government has tried a lot to improve the water availability to the residents. “We have used over 659 million on water projects; we have built over 80 boreholes and rehabilitated 47 because our people have been suffering. We need big dams like the one in Kiserian to be built in Kitengela, Loodokilani, Ewaso, Kajiado South and may parts of the county but it’s a challenge because it takes a lot of money but in few years to come we will be able built them.” Said Nkedianye
The county minister in charge of water Jeremiah Nairowua added that as a ministry they plan to introduce water management boards to water providers in the county.“ There are plan to elect a water management board in all sub counties because there has been a lot of mismanagement in water companies and a lot fund embezzlement in this companies. We want also committees to be responsible and use the money collected well.” Said Nairowua
The chief officer Florence Waiganjo thanked the stakeholders for the support to ensure Kajiado residents get enough water.