Poverty, illiteracy, disease! These are what is ailing Trans Nzoia County, according to gubernatorial aspirant George Natembeya.
In an exclusive interview with TV47 on Thursday, Natembeya said that 58 years after the country’s founding president – Jomo Kenyatta – identified the three as the major challenges facing Kenyans, Trans Nzoia was still grappling with them.
And how does he plan to fight poverty, illiteracy [ignorance] and disease in the metropolitan county? By creating an environment that will attract private investors to set up factories for value-added agriculture.
According to the former Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, he does not understand why residents of Trans Nzoia – often considered to be food secure and the bread basket of Kenya due to its large-scale maize farms – are poor.
Equally important, Natembeya rues of the worrying ratio of students not transiting to secondary schools.
“So many children are unable to transit to form one. If elected governor, my government will set aside funds to ensure that every child of Trans Nzoia who excels in KCPE will join form one,” he said, once again exuding confidence that he is the best suited candidate to awaken the sleeping giant.
Natembeya’s big plans for Trans Nzoia
A section of the youth in the county have resorted to the bodaboda business to make a living. Natembeya says that his government will empower them to purchase their own motorbikes, to increase their income, as opposed to being hired.
To top it off, his government, if he is elected governor in August 9 this year, will prioritise tarmacking of access roads in the agricultural county, to help farmers ferry their produce to the market.
“I have a loaded agenda, and I have the muscle to deliver, I’m putting in place a very strong team to help me deliver to Trans Nzoia residents,” he says.