By Sen. Billow Kerrow
The current claims by certain leaders in Central Kenya that their region has been neglected by President Uhuru is political rhetoric that deserves the contempt with which the President has dismissed them.
Under the new Constitutional dispensation, Parliament determines allocation of resources through approval of government budgets and development blue prints. The Presidency also channels its “roadside pledges’ through the ministries, and subsequently Parliament.
To most sober Kenyans, the claim of marginalization by this region is not only shocking but utterly deceptive. The President rightly condemned the notion of entitlement by these leaders by virtue of the President coming from the region.
First, they claimed being marginalized through county allocations relative to their population. They now claim even the President has marginalized them by denying them national government projects. Facts below will prove all these claims wrong.
The 5 counties of Central Kenya comprising Kianbu, Muranga, Nyeri, Kirinyaga and Nyandarua has 4.3 million people according to 2009 Census, being 11% of the total population of 38.6 million.
In the 7 years of devolution, these 5 counties received about Sh 174 billion out of the total Sh 1.6 trillion equitable revenues allocated to county governments up to 2018/19. This amount represents 11% of the total allocations. This is an equitable, fair allocation relative to their population proportion of 11%. That they generate much of this government revenue is another hype based on utter ignorance of our sources of taxes, a myth I will debunker later.
You can compare this to the 4 Western counties of Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia & Vihiga which had a similar population of 4.4 million which is also 11% of the total Kenyan population. During this same duration, they received county allocations of shs 176 billion, representing approx. 11% of the total allocations to counties. Clearly, both regions received allocations proportional to their population, other factors notwithstanding. Western has higher poverty ratio, more land mass, etc But Wesetern leaders are not the ones crying foul.
In the 7 years of President Uhuru, over shs 5 trillion has been pumped into development budget by the national government. How much of this money has gone to Kakamega, Mandera, Siaya or Kitui? May be we need an audit to see which regions are benefitting most. Attached below is a list of national government projects undertaken or commenced in this period in Kiambu County alone.
I obtained the list from social media, something I rarely do. But, I found it compelling because I was able to confirm most of these projects. Their value adds up to over Sh 100 billion!
Kiambu is 2,500 sq kms county with a population of 1.6 million (2009). It has 1,385 kms of bitumen (tarmac) roads; 1,145 primary schools and 373 secondary schools; and infant mortality rate of 7 per 1,000 births. Compare this county with Kakamega which is 3,225 sq kms and a similar population of 1.6 million. Kakamega has 260 kms of bitumen roads; 460 primary schools and 145 secondary schools; infant mortality is 65 per 1,000. Which county is marginalized? The entire Western Kenya has about 700 kms of bitumen roads! All the three North Eastern counties combined have 289 primary schools and 45 secondary schools! Don’t talk about bitumen roads. And we have also been electing Presidents all these years. Somalis would call the claims by these Kiambu leaders ‘fadhoul’.
Now, lets look at this Kiambu list reproduced here as received:
Kiambu County Projects Since 2013
- Karimenu Dam, serving 1M people, will cost Sh28B, 5% complete.
- Ruiru Dam serving 650,000 people, will cost Sh25B, 2% complete.
- Ruiru – Juja Water project, serving 110,000,will cost Sh 968m,100% complete.
- Theta Dam, serving 60,000 people, will cost 291m,100% complete.
- Rehab and expansion of trunk sewers for Ruiru, Dagoretti, Westlands, serving 350,000 people, will cost Sh 1.17B, 10p% complete.
- Thika-Juja Sewerage, serving 110,000 people, will cost Sh 3B, 40% complete.
- Kiambu Urban Water Supply Project, will cost Sh 530M, 100% complete.
- Komothai Water Augmentation, serving 70,00p people, will cost Sh 300m, 85% complete.
- Ruiru Sewerage system, serving all 230,000 people living in Ruiru, costed Sh 2.04B, 100% complete.
- Const. of Juja Access Rd to Juja Railway Station, will cost Sh 355.91m, 100% complete.
- Const of Ruiru Market, will cost Sh 265.14m, contract awarded and signed.
- Construction of Juja Market, contractors on site.
- Rehab of Gitaru – Ndumbuini Rd, will cost 328.15m, 100% complete.
- Improvement of Kikuyu and Kahawa Railway Station, will cost Sh 573.51m, 90% complete.
- Improvement of Ruiru Railway station, will cost Sh 298.83m, 81.17% complete.
- Construction of Thika Bypass, and will cost 1.87B, works commenced.
- Construction of Nairobi Western Bypass (Kabete, Kiambaa), will cost Sh 17B, negotiations with China Exim Bank complete.
- Ruaka – Banana- Gikambura – Mutarakwa Rd, 60km,will cost Sh 2.86B, 100% complete.
- Muigai Inn Ichaweri Kiandutu, Kiganjo Muthaiga Rd, 80km, will cost Sh5.05B, 20%complete.
- Gatukuyu Mataara Rd, 30km and will cost Sh 1.45B, 5% complete.
- Gatundu Karinga Flyover, 45km,will cost Sh1.54B, 61% complete.
- Ngorongo Githunguri and Access to Nazareth Hospital Rd, 24km,will cost Sh1. 34B, 100% complete.
- Kwa Edward Kinale Kijabe Kijabe Airstrip Mai Mahiu Escarpment Gitithia Rd Nyambari Junction, 30km, will cost Sh 1.2B,contract already awarded.
- Indian Bazaar Ndumberi Tinganga Rd Riabai Rd, 15km, will cost 717.73m, 10% complete.
- Githunguri Uplands, 47km, 3.99B, ongoing.
- Nairobi Southern Bypass, 28.5km, Cost 18.79B, 100% complete.
- Banana Ndenderu Rd, 100% complete, Sh 226m cost. 7km.
- Thika Level 5 Hospital, Juja, costed Sh 760m,100% complete.
- Kiambaa Karuri Level 4 Hospital, Sh380m used, 100% complete.
- Lari TTI, cost Sh52. 62m, 100% complete.
Other Central Kenya Counties should actually be faulting the President for overly investing in Kiambu, in projects worth over 105 Billions of Shillings at the expense of other counties.”
I rest my case.