The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: 2014 Will Be Year of Action, Says Homa Bay Governor

HOMA Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti has said 2014 will be a year of action. In a New Year message to residents, Awiti said with a development road map and an integrated development plan already in place, what remains is service delivery to the people.

He said his government spent most of last year settling in office, putting up administrative structures and identifying local and international investors. Awiti thanked the residents for their patience. "We have listened to you. We have a long list of priority projects and we shall not renege on our promises.

Just watch and you will see action," read the message. He directed members of his Executive committee to ensure that all projects that have been initiated are up and running by the first quarter of the year.

Awiti asked the committee members to write detailed status reports on the projects, saying mere signing of MoUs must now be replaced by action. He said this would ensure that the projects that have been started move fast. "We are entering a critical phase and all our projects must be running.

We have to tell the people that we are serious. We want to prove to them that the MoUs we have been signing are not in vain," the message read. Awiti urged county assembly workers to start working immediately as they now have cars.

He said several projects, such as the poultry venture where each of the 40 wards will receive six poultry hatcheries, have already started. Awiti said the tarmacking of roads in Homa Bay town has been completed while the construction of a new bus terminus is almost done.

The county is set to start various ventures on agriculture, infrastructure, energy and various industrialisation projects which include potato, pineapple and cassava processing plants. In what could create a 24-hour economy, Awiti said all major townships within the county will get solar-powered street lights to enhance security.

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