Saturday 16 June,Kitui. By Barrack Muli, Courtesy of the Governor’s Press Unit
The journey towards attaining a Municipal Charter of the Municipality of Kitui got a boost today after Governor Charity Ngilu convened a Kitui Community Consultative Forum on the conferment of Municipality Status meeting at KEFRI, Kitui town.
The meeting, that attracted a countywide turn up, consulted on the possibility of restoring boundaries of the Municipality of Kitui as were in former Kitui Municipal Council; and as captured in the Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plan (ISUDP); or as may subsequently be altered as shall be the boundaries of the Municipality of Kitui.
Addressing the meeting after lengthy negotiations, Ngilu listed Kitui Township ward, Kyangwithya East Ward, Kyangwithya West Ward, Matinyani Ward, Nzambani Ward and Mulango Ward as the wards within the impending municipality.
She said that the proposed plan will see the realization of an efficient and accountable management that will embrace a Citizen Participatory approach, check on public resources usage and promote efficiency in service delivery.
The Governor noted that the Municipality plan will promote social cohesiveness and a sense of civic duty and responsibility among the inhabitants and stakeholders in the Municipality in order to facilitate collective action and commitment towards achieving a more stable community.
According to Ngilu, the establishment will aid in providing better services, laws and other matters for Municipality’s benefit to foster the economic, social and environmental well-being of its community.
“The approach seeks to promote integrated wastes management system, provide water and sanitation services and infrastructure, storm drainage, walkways and other non-motorized transport infrastructure, street lighting, parking bays, recreational parks and green spaces among many,” Said Ngilu.
Present in the meeting were the County Executive Committee Member for Lands, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Eng. Jacob Kakundi who said that there shall be a municipality board that will comprise of nine members, with four members appointed through a competitive process by the County Executive Committee and five nominated by numerous bodies.
He said that the charter remains very key to certify compliance with the law in regards to devolution exercise, attract grant from the World Bank of sh. 50m for two years plus Sh. 232million in five consecutive years to improve service delivery.
The provisions of the Charter shall come to effect upon the resolution of the County Assembly.
Kitui Deputy Speaker Emeritus Musya said reaffirmed the County assembly’s commitment to ensure that bills supporting growth of the people are passed expeditiously. He led a team of MCAs in pledging support of the proposed charter.
Some of the roles of the Board of the Municipality shall be: to exercise executive authority as delegated by the County Executive Committee of the County of Government of Kitui, ensure provision of services to its residents, impose such fees, levies and charges as may be authorized by the County Government for delivery of services by the Municipality, promote constitutional values and principles and ensure the implementation and compliance with policies formulated by both the National and County Government.