When President Uhuru Kenyatta took up the mantle of leadership a clearly set out vision, a vision for the country to see it on a greater pedestal of development for its prosperity. The President laid emphasis on development and clearly communicated to his team that development is about achieving the greater good for the country. It is about working and implementing of projects. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s focus on development has well taken route in Mt Kenya region which had complained of minimal development but the President had already set out a plan of what the region needs and when it should commence. Dealing on a region to region basis President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched and facilitated prompt implementation of projects that are opening up the region at a record speed,
The region of Mt Kenya is gradually emerging from its confined states with the rehabilitation of the moribund metre gauge railway between Nairobi and Nanyuki Railway which has already created a flurry of activities within Thika town as the railway rehabilitation is already complete and in use for cargo with passenger services to begin soon. This is ultimately meant to spur socio-economic activities in Thika town and surrounding areas. The project cuts across five counties, that will be a game change for the residents of the region.
On roads, President Uhuru Kenyatta has set aside major investments that cost billions that will cause a serious turnaround of the region by opening up key areas of Mt Kenya that will spur socioeconomic activities including tourism and improved transportation of agriculture. At a cost of Sh30 billion, the 540-kilometre Mau Mau Cluster Road has already began and is set to enhance interconnectivity in the Mount Kenya region. With the President initiating the project, a second artery of the road will increase interconnectivity in four counties in the region as it links to the Naivasha Dry Port. Additionally, the President has initiated other major road infrastructure in the region including the Kikuyu Bypass to the airport, the Wangige-Ndederu road and the Nanyuki- Nairobi Highway.
This has not only been regional but on a countrywide basis as the President has not only initiate infrastructural projects across the country but also created opportunities for millions of Kenyans through employment from the different projects initiated. This has involved nationwide projects such as the Kazi Mtaani which has created tremendous opportunities with over 270,000 youth being targeted for employment having had a successful piloting phase on the onset. This initiative has been a major game changer for the youth especially with the presence of COVID-19 that has reduced the rate of employment.
In the city, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services has taken route and residents are impressed with the efforts that have already bore great success in its first 100 days. Residents in informal settlements are now able to access water at no additional cost as the NMS facilitated the drilling of boreholes in a number of informal settlements including Mukuru Kwa Njenga and Kawangware. Furthermore, the areas have also seen a major facelift through projects undertaken through the Kazi Mtaani Initiative that is benefitting the youth countrywide.
These projects are geared at effectively opening up the country to greater opportunities for trade and investment. Already the government has expressed commitment in developing the Northern Corridor that will facilitate better transport within Northern Kenya to other Member states, the Lamu port which is a part of the LAPPSET project is already complete awaiting commissioning. The President has raised the bar for the country’s infrastructural and socio-economic development by positioning the country towards the right path of prosperity.