Tharaka Member of Parliament George Gitonga Murugara on Thursday, October 15, lectured Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho in a public meeting in Chuka town, Tharaka Nithi County over stalled projects in the area.
Under the National Development Implementation Technical Committee (NDITC), PS Kibicho and other relevant ministry officials visited the eastern Kenya county, on a fact finding mission.
The MP, who accompanied Kibicho and 15 other Principal Secretaries and the Secretary to President’s Delivery Unit Andrew Wakahiu on an inspection of projects tour in his constituency, expressed his disappointment with the team.
He hit out at Kibicho saying that there was no major project that took them to Tharaka.
“I’m not happy, you took 15 minutes to only see one stalled project, there was nothing else to see in Tharaka, absolutely nothing, and that cannot be the development that brought Dr Kibicho and the host of all these PS’ in Tharaka Nithi county,” Murugara stated.
Murugara went ahead and listed all the projects that he wanted accomplished by some of the principal secretaries who accompanied Kibicho to the meeting.
“Let Transport PS Wilson Irungu do a major project in Tharaka, let Energy PS Joseph Njoroge help with electricity connectivity. Tharaka has only 9% electricity connectivity and that is not acceptable, even when you report to the president, he will say it is unfair to the constituency,” Murugara continued.
The MP also decried the bad condition of roads in his constituency accusing the government of sidelining the county in major development programmes.
Kibicho however defended the government urging the contractors to move with speed in order to complete the various projects in Tharaka Nithi County in time.
“Based on our review of the level of compliance with the expected scope, time management and deliverables for various government projects/programmes in Tharaka Nithi County, one of the interventions we’ll push for is fast-track scheduling to ensure the contractors deliver in time.” Kibicho stated.