Eastern governors unite to address local concerns affecting youth

Governors Julius Malombe, Wavinya Ndeti and Mutula Kilonzo Jr when they met to forge an alliance for the welfare of the region.

Three Ukambani governors under the South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc (SEKEB) have promised to continue being united to engage the national government in matters to do with the livelihoods of residents.

In a meeting at Makueni governor’s office, the three; Kitui Governor Julius Malombe and his Machakos and Makueni counterparts Wavinya Ndeti and Mutula Kilonzo Jr, said they are geared towards ensuring the region gets required benefits from the national government.

Among the issues discussed were infrastructure, water, trade, roads and education.

On education and youth, Malombe, who handed over the chairmanship to Ndeti, noted that Kitui prides itself in Tseikuru National Polytechnic, which was elevated from technical training institute recently.

“We are happy because many of our youth will be absorbed in it thus acquiring the required skills which can help them even employ themselves,” Malombe said.

The governor added that the county is geared towards implementing Kazi kwa Vijana so that the youth can get some money and be productive.

Ndeti said that for the sake of the youth, Machakos County has started studios to empower them in different fields.

“There is the problem of drug abuse and we are going to take over 1000 youth and train them to do business,” Ndeti said.

She noted that the trainings will be incorporated with ICT and make agriculture compulsory.

Kilonzo added that the issue of drug abuse is devastating even at the national level. He observed that there will be specialized training for youth in different fields and affiliated universities in the counties.

He lamented that people were clearing fruit trees to plant khat.

“You can’t imagine people are clearing fruits and other crops to plant muguka for easy cash, forgetting that it’s ruining our youth,” Kilonzo said.

The governor noted that they are going to be more vigilant since bhang and other drugs come through Mombasa road.

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