Tuesday, 1 July 2014

For Mutua, delivering tops his list of priorities

Monday, June 30, 2014

Governor Alfred Mutua with children at the Machakos recreational park. An audit report has recommended the governor be surcharged if he fails to account for Sh7.5 million he obtained from county coffers as “confidential expenditure”. The whole amount of Sh7.5 million was not accounted for,” the report said, adding there was no official provision to spend such an amount. PHOTO | FILE
Governor Alfred Mutua with students at the Machakos People's Park. Mr Mutua said on Monday that he had lined up several activities that he would undertake in the county this week. PHOTO | FILE 
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Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua said Monday that he had lined up several activities that he would undertake in the county this week.
Dr Mutua said he would inspect the construction of the 7.5 kilometre Athi River road to ensure high standards maintained.
“For us to serve our people well, we must stick to quality. This is an industrial town that requires good roads because heavy trucks pass here frequently,” Dr Mutua told the Nation.
He added that his government was also working on roads in Syokimau because infrastructure development was key for growth.
“We have set aside Sh1.2 billion for the building of roads. This clearly shows our commitment to ease transport and boost service delivery. We have our own graders, bulldozers and excavators, therefore the work will move fast,” said Dr Mutua.
He said that the county government had already completed the budget making process and which was now waiting for the approval of the controller of Budget Mrs Agnes Odhiambo.
“We have a budget of Sh8.9billion with no deficit. The recurrent expenditure would be taking 55 per cent and development 45 per cent,” said the governor.
On Wednesday, Dr Mutua said he would hold a cabinet meeting with the members of the executive in order to go through the county work plan and to review progress.
“I am thinking of re-organising the system of my government so as to improve on efficiency. Our plans are up to standard but we still need to fine-tune our systems,” he said.
Dr Mutua said he would also meet the county security bosses to evaluate the situation on the ground and plan for the week ahead.
The governor was also scheduled to visit various health facilities to check on service delivery.
“We have great plans for the people of Machakos. We want to ensure that no patient shares a bed and that the service that they get is similar to that given by private hospitals in Nairobi. We are determined to achieve this goal,” he added.
Dr Mutua said that the county government had already hired 400 new inspectorate officers and trained them before being deployed.
“We want to make Machakos a tourism and investment hub.
“The big number of Kenyans who turned up for Masaku 7s rugby tournament at the weekend underlines our resolve,” said the governor.

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