By Abdiweli Aden:
President Uhuru Kenyatta has today launched several development projects in Mandera County in his first day of his North Eastern visit.
Uhuru commissioned the tarmacking of Elwak-Rhamu road which will be constructed at a cost of Sh2.5 billion in three phases.
The first phase will cover the section between Elwak and Wargadud, the second phase covers Wargadud to Bambo, and the final phase will cover Bambo to Rhamu.
While addressing jubilant residents of Elwak town, Uhuru his government will ensure no part of the country will be left behind in the country’s development agenda.
“We want to ensure that lack of development will no longer be used as a political tool,” Said the President.
On health, the President pledged Kshs380 million for the provision of specialized equipment under the Managed Equipment Service project at both Elwak Level 4 hospital and Mandera County Referral hospital.
The project was introduced by the national government and equips two hospitals in every county with MRI, theatre, renal dialysis, radiology and Intensive Care Unit facilities.
The president also announced the National government will set aside Kshs50 million for the construction of a medical training college at Elwak town. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with the Mandera County Government.
On security, the president said the government has deployed more officers in the county with adequate facilities and urged locals to cooperate with security agencies.
Uhuru warned area residents against dividing themselves along tribal lines saying that will be a recipe for underdevelopment.
“No development will be achieved in the region if communities are divided along clan and tribal lines. Do not allow these divisions to undermine peace,” he said.
Uhuru also commissioned the construction of an airport and the tarmacking of the Wargadud-Bambo section of the Elwak-Rhamu road which added will later be extended to Mandera at a cost of Kshs8 billion.
The president announced the national grid which has recently reached Garissa County will soon be extended to the rest of the region all the way to Mandera County to end perennial power shortages in the area.
He said the government is also working with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development to fast-track implementation of an irrigation project at River Dawa that will benefit the people of Mandera County, especially Rhamu residents.
The president was accompanied by his Deputy William Ruto, Majority Leader Aden Duale, Cabinet Secretaries Joseph Nkaissery (Interior), Eugine Wamalwa (Water) and Aden Mohamed (Industrialization).
Local leaders led by Governor Ali Roba and Senator Billow Kerrow were also present.
Others were North Eastern regional coordinator and other high ranking security officials.
Uhuru will continue with his tour of the region and is expected to proceed to Wajir County on Friday.