When Devolution “Kitui” was entrenched in the 2010 constitution, the drafters of the constitutions envisioned a country that was uniformly developed.
However almost ten years after the actualisation of the devolution dream some counties are raging behind in terms of development and access to equal opportunities or basic human wants.
Kitui is a county that lies in harsh ukambani weather, that has been associated with famine drought, witch craft and other bad things.
Years of Devolution
Within the first 5 years of devolution in Kitui the residents of this county didn’t get what they bargained for and when time to make a change came they were determined to make the necessary changes.
In the political field senior political personnel from the region were gunning for the top seat. this people include the former senator for Kitui, Former Governor for Kitui and the former minister for Lands Charity Kaloki Ngilu.
The great people of Kitui felt that their future was only secure in the hands of this outspoken, development oriented and future focused iron woman.
After the 2017 general elections the Narc party leader was sworn in as the 2nd Governor of the huge county of Kitui and since the transformation of the county started.
The governor has initiated various projects. some of the projects initiated by the Governor are as follows:
- Kitui County Health Insurance Cover ( K CHIC) was launched by the governor on august 21st 2018 and its main aim was to provide affordable health care to over 270,000 households in the county. this feet was rolled out 1 year after her election as the governor. under this program the residents of the county have continued to benefit greatly from this service. for more information on this visit https://kitui.go.ke/countygovt/services/kchic/ .
- Kitui County Textile Centre(KICOTEC): with the county known for its cotton production in the past the county government decided that it was important to relive the cotton industry and the textile industry in general. hence KICOTEC was founded. The factory has employed hundreds if not thousands of Kitui residents who would be jobless. https://kitui.go.ke/countygovt/stm_works_category/kicotec/ according to the governor the company has helped the county immensely.
- Kitui Leather industries and food industries: as show cased in the ongoing Devolution conference in Makueini, Kitui is showcasing different products that are either manufactured or processed in the county. this products range from honey wine, sugarcane wine, kaluvu, leather shoes, mango juice among other assorted products.
With Devolution celebrating over 9 nine years since it was started some counties are experiencing and enjoying the fruits of their labour while others are still raging behind.
Due to the great progress being achieved in Kitui due to devolution it is abundantly clear that Leadership at the county level needs to be top notch.
Whether the residents of Kitui want to deny it. it is true that the formidable and seasoned politician is taking the county of Kitui to greater heights.