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Drop bossy attitude and diligently serve Kitui people, Ngilu tells county staff 

Kitui Governor, Charity Ngilu, on a tractor as she launched the Kitui County Farm Ploughing Programme to assist residents in preparing their farms using the machine and equipment ahead of the  rainy season, Thursday, September 7, 2017.
Photo by Tom Waita

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu Thursday challenged the county government staff to adopt servant leadership and drop bossy cum bureaucratic tendencies that slow down public service delivery.
“You must be cognizant of your duty to serve the mwananchi regardless of your rank or social status. We have to work together towards fast, efficient and effective service delivery,” said the Governor.
She added, “I want to see county employees working towards serving our masters – the ordinary mwananchi. Their interests and welfare supersedes the opulent mindsets typical of government employees.”
The county boss spoke when she launched the County Farm Ploughing Programme at Kyanika Village in Nzambani Ward, Kitui East Constituency.
She reiterated her administration’s commitment to end food insecurity in the drought-prone county.
Ngilu urged residents to support the enhanced food production programme by planting drought-resilient crops like green grams as opposed to maize, beans and peas which wither prematurely due to inadequate rainfall.
“We ought to work together towards making Kitui a food-secure county. Perennial hunger and dependence on food aid (mwolyo) must become a thing of the past,” said Ngilu.
She flagged off seven tractors that will plough farms in Kitui South, Kitui West and Kitui East constituencies in preparation of the rainy season adding more tractors will be deployed to assist farmers in other parts of the county.
“We will no longer use ploughs and oxen to till our farms. I will provide tractors and certified seeds to enable farmers grow more food for subsistence and commercial purposes,” said Governor Ngilu.
She said she had also reached out to donor partners with a view of securing funds for the ploughing programme as well as seeds supply to empower farmers in the county.
The Governor added, “I have held talks with many development partners willing to support the initiative but I have made it clear to them that we are not seeking food aid alone but preferably financial support for the agriculture programme.”
Moreover, Ngilu noted, Kitui boasts an abundance of resources ranging from huge tracks of farming land to fertile soils whose optimum exploitation could make the county a leading agricultural hub in the country.
She accused the previous administration of what she termed as failure to establish requisite frameworks to enable the locals exploit available resources.
The Governor lamented that the tractors had for many years been lying idle in the parking yards without benefitting farmers yet they were bought using taxpayers’ money.
On matters politics, the governor beseeched her constituents to vote for the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga as President in the forthcoming presidential elections re-run.
She said she would best serve the interests of Kitui people under a Raila Odinga-Kalonzo Musyoka administration as opposed to the ruling Jubilee regime.
The county boss also warned voters not to be swayed by people dangling money at them to vote for Jubilee but instead reject such overtures.
By Kiamah Wamutitu

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