Governor Kivutha Kibwana receives a memoir of Boniface Mwangi Unbounded from the writer during a stakeholders consultative meeting on formation of Makueni Next Generation Service, a youth empowerment programme. The service seeks to channel all youth empowerment and socio-economic transformation programs into one overarching development agenda, with several priority empowerment activities.
- Compensation for loss of land and Resettlement policy
- Resources utilization and compensation
- Economic opportunities and survival of the towns along the highway.
- Corporate Social Responsibility plan
- Employment opportunities for locals/Subcontracts.
- Public Participation for all stakeholders.
Kenya Vision 2030 Director General Dr. Julius Muia with Makueni Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana during a consultative meeting to lay a framework for development partnerships between National Government and County Governments, at Panari Hotel Monday.
The engines have roared to life. The long awaited Makueni Fruit Processing Plant is now a reality. Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Makueni Farmers representatives, and residents of Makueni have today unveiled the Makueni Fruit Processing Plant at Kalamba. The Plant has a capacity to process 5 metric tons of raw mangoes producing 3,000 liters of Puree (Mango concentrate) per hour. A liter of the concentrate fetches KES 150 at the market place.
Before devolution, the idea of establishing a fruit processing plant, in Makueni to help our fruit farmers to stem wastage and raise incomes was always dear and heavily borne in our hearts and minds. However, the power and opportunity to allocate public resources of the magnitude required to realize this remained a dream. Dreams not achieved turned into nightmares during the peak seasons when mango prices dipped to three shillings per piece.
This factory will provide opportunities for local farmers and investors to own a stake and grow wealth, learn new technologies and learn about value addition to increase farm incomes. Our farmers are the primary stakeholders of the plant. The Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries is now seized with enhancement of the quality of our fruits, control of the fruit fly and farmer education to ensure the fruits processed in the plant are compliant with European Union (EU) standards.
In less than 18 months from today, residents of Makueni and lower Mbooni Subcounties will nolonger worry about crossing River Thwake during the rainy season, for their every day transactions.
Governor Kivutha Kibwana has today launched construction works for a KES 334Million Bridge, which will permanently end scary tales of people, animals and vehicles drowning while attempting to cross the River from either Wote, or Kalawa.
The 110-Meter long bridge will also connect an earmarked class B road from Wote to Kitui, thus opening the County to a greater economic growth.