Simultaneously, the President cautioned the leaders against politics of deceit and empty rhetoric saying great leadership emphasizes harmony, cohesion and solidarity of people as enablers for development. President Kenyatta talked on Monday afternoon at Sagana State Lodge in Nyeri County at a meeting with Kirinyaga County leaders ahead of Wednesday's Mashujaa Day celebrations at Wang'uru Stadium in Mwea.
He said the various multi-billion development projects being executed by the Government in Kirinyaga, among them the Ksh.8.5 billion Thiba Dam, would assist with changing the economy of both the area and the country.
"We have fulfilled these projects because of the cooperation and peace among leaders which has ensured that we not just change the lives of the residents of Kirinyaga but also all citizens of Kenya," the President Kenyatta told the leaders.
"Our rice farmers are presently getting better price for their produce. With Thiba dam we will actually be able to increase rice-farming acreage to fulfill the local demand. We need to grow and eat what comes from our country."
On recent reforms in the tea and coffee sectors, the President said the changes would ensure that farmers acquire more from their produce going ahead."The prices of farm produce are increasing. I have no doubt that one year from now tea farmers will celebrate better prices which they have never had since we begun growing tea in our country. This is happening as a result of work and not empty rhetoric," the President said.
County Governor Anne Waiguru, who read a memoranda by the leaders, among them elected officials, religious leaders and experts, expressed gratitude toward the President for his visionary leadership which she said had changed the lives of Kirinyaga residents through the different development projects carried out by the national government.
The Kirinyaga Governor said the progressing dualling of Kenol-Sagana-Marua highway, construction of Kutus-Kianyaga-Kiamutugu-Githure and Karima-Kianjege-Mukangu roads just as Nyamidi Bridge will upgrade mobility in the county. "This great interconnectivity to urban centres has empowered business and opened up the county tourism in the beautiful sceneries and tours particularly for Mt. Kenya and Aberdare tourism circuit," Governor Waiguru said.
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