The county received a rare visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday in a mission to commission the construction of a 10 billion water project dubbed Muruny Water Project. The project is under the county’s infrastructural development.
The project which comprises the construction of a dam is aimed at benefiting more than 240, 000 people upon completion in two and a half years. West Pokot County and the neighbouring Elgeyo Marakwet are the beneficiaries to the project.
In his address at Kapsait Primary School, the president anchored his promises to the people insisting that Jubilee is working hard to deliver mwananchi from basic problems like lack of clean water.
“This project that we have launched today is part of the promises we made to the people of Kenya. We are not interested in mere politicking around, our course is service delivery to our people,” said Mr. Kenyatta.
He went on: “We are creating 1,000 jobs through the construction of this Muruny water dam.”
President Kenyatta urged other leaders to desist from making empty noises and embark on making the people’s lives better.
“As leaders we should be focused in what we are doing. We cannot help solve the problems facing our people if we dedicate most of our time in empty rhetoric. Time for politics is over,” said Mr. Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto emphasized on the need of community accessing basic commodities like water.
“When more people have access to water, it will help spur the country’s economic growth and transform the lives of Kenyans,” he said.
He asked the Pokot and its neighboring communities to work on improving security and coexistence to foster development as they shun hostilities.
The deputy president Mr. Ruto said the water project would go a long way in addressing the needs of the people especially those in Kapenguria town and its environs who were frequently hit by water shortages.
“Once this project is completed, it will help our people who experience frequent water shortages,” said Mr. Ruto.
The leaders eluded Governor Simon Kachapin as outstanding in matters of development. They specifically pointed out that he is a man of few words but more action and affection to his people.
Mr. Ruto said the government is working on improving the Cheptongei- Kapsait-Kamatira road in Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties.
Cabinet Secretaries Eugene Wamalwa (Water and Irrigation) and Henry Rotich (Treasury) were present.
Other leaders who accompanied the President included Kipchumba Murkomen, Senator Elgeyo Marakwet, John Lonyangapuo Senator West Pokot County, Samuel Moroto MP Kapenguria and William Kisang MP Marakwet West among others.