The County Government of Kwale has cited close cooperation and partnership with the National Government has resulted in the implementation of major development projects in the county.
Governor Salim Mvurya said major infrastructural, health and other sector development projects have been initiated and implemented in the county through his administration in partnership with the National Government.
Mvurya singled out some of the key ongoing projects which include the tarmacking of Samburu-Kinango-Kwale road expected to be completed this or next year, the funding of Msambweni Referral and Kinango hospitals.
Other projects include the tarmacking of Lungalunga-Vanga, Milalani-Shimba Hills and Kanana-Shimoni roads.
“The tarmacking of the roads will be a huge economic incentive to Kwale County. Take the Samburu-Kinango-Kwale Road for example, this will greatly boost economic activities at the urban centers of Kinango and Kwale among others,'' he said.
He added that Bus booking offices will be opened in those towns, tourists from hotels in the South Coast to national parks will have an easier alternative route while investors will be attracted to invest in the county, thus creating many employment opportunities for youth in the county.
He was addressing the public at Kidogoeni Village in Kinango Ward where he officially opened a modern ECDE center.
The center brings to 400 such facilities built by Governor Mvurya’s administration since 2013.
The centers come complete with furniture, water tanks, kitchens, play swings, porridge programme for children and teachers employed by the county government.
Mvurya said the National Government had pumped Sh380 million into improving Kinango Hospital where construction of a theatre and other facilities is ongoing.
At the Msambweni Referral Hospital, more than Sh400 million was spent to build an ICU unit, CT-Scan, a dialysis facility among other modern equipment.
An operations theatre is complete at Samburu Hospital along the Mombasa-Nairobi Highway awaiting equipment, with the Governor saying his decision to work closely with the National Government was not in vain as development was being seen by all.
On education, he said thousands of students had benefited through the Elimu ni Sasa bursary initiative which he and his Deputy Ms Fatuma Achani started in 2013.
Under the programme, over 4000 students in national schools from the county are being sponsored 100 per cent for four years while more than 2000 others in universities are being sponsored fully too, apart from more than 40,000 others in ordinary schools who are also benefiting.
Each youth polytechnic student in the county also receives Sh15, 000 annually towards their fees.
The Governor who was accompanied by his Deputy at Kadogoeni cautioned Kwale residents to beware of malicious propaganda being spread by certain elected leaders and those eyeing the 2022 governor seat.