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LENKU: How could leaders ignore education in the vote-rich Kitengela?

Governor Joseph Lenku when he commissioned Dr Likimani Primary in Kitengela end of July.
Governor Joseph Lenku when he commissioned Dr Likimani Primary in Kitengela end of July.
The school in Kyang'ombe was constructed by the county government and has now taken in 520 new pupils.

Governor Joseph Lenku has faulted local MP and former governor for abandoning education in Kitengela despite having garnered many votes from “visitor” communities.

Lenku, who on last Saturday, met Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and other elected leaders from Ukambani to cement relation among their communities, accused the two leaders of neglecting their people.

“The two depended on the Kamba community votes, and yet they neglected them by not building public schools for their children in Kitengela ward,” said Lenku on his Facebook account.

Governor Joseph Lenku when he commissioned Dr Likimani Primary School in Kitengela town on July 30.
Governor Joseph Lenku when he commissioned Dr Likimani Primary School in Kitengela town on July 30.

In a video he posted while commissioning DR Likimani Primary School located in Kyang’ombe area of Kitengela, which is home to the majority of Kamba and Rwandan communities, Lenku said the two depended on their votes but did nothing for them.

“When I started putting up the school in respect to my campaign pledges, those opposed to me thought I was joking, we have now been able to put up a classic example of a modern school,” said Lenku.

The school in Kyang’ombe was constructed by the county government and has now taken in 520 new pupils.

“Finally, in three months, we have delivered a brand new and competency-based curriculum (CBC) – compliant primary school for the people of Kitengela,” said Lenku.

We have constructed the school in Kyang’ombe to save hundreds of small children from crossing the busy Nairobi- Namanga highway on their way to school more than 5 kilometres away.

Lenku said Likimani is the third brand new school the county is constructing in Kajiado East after Ilkulunyeti and Isinya Township primary schools.

I will continue to support education in the county as the most viable tool of empowerment of our children, he added.

Sh3 Billion Budget

Meanwhile, Lenku’s flagship projects under his Governor Delivery Unit Program tops in the allocation of monies to county departments at Sh3.282 billion.

Flagship projects which are under the governor’s delivery unit program are funded in annual budgets but the governor controls the money and makes personal decisions over the same.

In the 2021/22 FY, the Kajiado county government gave the governor’s office Sh238 million for operation, which is up from Sh170 million in the previous budget.

The county health department was awarded ShSh2.592 billion, Finance (Sh1.863 billion), Roads (1.034 billion), County Assembly (1.160 billion) and Education (Sh1.033 billion).

 

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