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September 6, 2007
President Mwai Kibaki views a Somali Boran beef cattle when he officiated
the 2007 Garissa Show, North Eastern.
targets Kshs 12 b for development in N. Eastern
has targeted Kshs 12 billion for development programmes to be implemented
in the North Eastern province, President Mwai Kibaki has said.
Speaking when he officially opened the North Eastern Agricultural Society
of Kenya Show at the Garissa Baraza Park, President Kibaki assured residents
of North Eastern province of his Government's commitment to providing
more resources to further the development of the province.
He emphasized that the Government has taken deliberate measures to ensure
that the development potential of the North Eastern region is harnessed
fully to benefit the people and create employment for young people in
"This is the reason why in the year 2005 we announced a special economic
development initiative for this region," President Kibaki said.
In this regard, the President reiterated that elections will be held at
the end of the year hence wananchi should not expend all their energies
on politics at the expense of development.
President Kibaki pointed out that the Government is set to invest 4.2
billion shillings over the next four years on increasing farmers' knowledge
and productivity through the National Agriculture and Livestock Extension
He said the Kshs 5.2 billion Arid Lands Resources Management Programme,
the Kshs 1.8 billion North Eastern Pastoralist Development Programme and
the Kshs 708 million Kenya Arid and Semi-Arid Areas Programme are being
implemented by the Government to reduce food insecurity and increase wealth
and incomes in the province.
"These programmes are being augmented by substantial investments
in physical infrastructure development in this province," the Head
of State said.
The President observed that in the last four years the Government constructed
390 boreholes at cost of over 450 million shillings, 30 rural water and
sanitation projects and 34 water pans in various parts of the province.
On air transport linkages between the province, the rest of the country,
and the outside world, President Kibaki said the Government has completed
the first phase of converting the Wajir Military Airport into a dual-purpose
facility that will support both civilian and military services.
Said President Kibaki: "These investments in infrastructure will
enable better transportation of both people and goods, while also ensuring
increased productivity and prosperity of the people in this region."
Saying livestock production is the most important contributor to food
security, incomes and wealth creation in the province, the President noted
that during the past two years, livestock producers in the province earned
well over 1.8 billion shillings from livestock sales in local and overseas
In this regard, President Kibaki said the Government has made available
75 million shillings for the construction of an abattoir in Garissa that
will commence in October this year.
In addition, the President said the Government will be relocating the
Wajir slaughterhouse to a new site a cost of 34 million shillings.
"Furthermore, the re-opening of the Kenya Meat Commission factories
in Athi River and Mombasa last year has expanded market opportunities
for livestock producers in this region," President Kibaki said.
To increase local earnings and employment from hides and skins in the
North Eastern Province, President Kibaki said his Government has imposed
a tax of 40 percent on the export of raw hides and skins to encourage
local processing of hides and skins into leather and leather products.
He said the Government is also addressing the challenge posed by livestock
diseases and epidemics by establishing a disease free zone in the province
that will facilitate effective disease surveillance and control programmes.
"This will ensure disease free livestock that can find ready markets
both locally and abroad. However, the successful establishment of disease
free zones requires full cooperation from the local communities,"
President Kibaki said.
President Kibaki once again reassured wananchi in North Eastern Province
that his Government will continue to accord priority to addressing challenges
faced by communities and regions that were neglected in the past.
He said the province, like many of the arid and semi-arid parts of the
country, suffered from lack of adequate investments in infrastructure
and social services hence the determination by his Government to implement
a variety of measures to improve the well-being of the people in the region.
Apart from national programmes such as the Constituency Development Fund,
Local Authorities Transfer Fund, and Free Primary Education, the President
said his Government has developed a special programme aimed at accelerating
the development of the region.
In addition, President Kibaki said his Government is paying special attention
to the education of children in the region and has taken into consideration
the nomadic way of life in providing additional resources for the construction
of boarding primary and secondary schools.
"We are also being mindful of the predominantly Islamic culture in
this region by separating boys' schools from girls' schools," the
Head of State said.
He said the Government is also implementing a special programme to equip
secondary schools in the region with solar generators and thereby enhance
the quality of the learning environment, adding that Islamic Religious
Education has also been incorporated in the schools curriculum in order
to give the children a solid religious foundation.
In this connection, the President expressed confidence that the steps
his Government is taking are steadily ensuring that Islamic principles
are respected and supported as the children, both boys and girls, receive
an education that will benefit them now and for the rest of their lives.
Present were Ministers Mahmoud Mohammed, Joseph Munyao, John Michuki,
Morris Dzoro and Ali Chirau Mwakwere, several Assistant Ministers, members
of parliament and other leaders from the region.