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Ruto Assures That Nzoia Sugar Factory Problems Will Be Solved

President William Ruto has assured  Western Kenya residents that his administration is committed to solving the problems facing  Nzoia Sugar Factory.

Speaking at Chwele grounds in Bungoma County,  on Friday, President Ruto said his government has made the decision to ensure the sugar sector in the Western region is revived.

“Just give me time, we are reforming the Nzoia Sugar factory,” said President Ruto.

The Head of State said he has directed that farmers and workers be paid their dues.

“I have also directed that sugarcane farmers benefit from bonus at the end of the year, just like their coffee counterparts among others,” said President Ruto.

He asked residents in the region to diversify on their farming activities to include coffee prodiction, noting that the region was ideal for the growth of the cadh crop.

At the same time, President Ruto said the government has prioritised the construction and expansion of dams to boost agricultural activities in the country.

President Ruto said construction of dams will boost food production and deal with drought that intermittently hurts the country’s economy.

Speaking during the commissioning of Kapkara Dam in Sirisia Constituency, Dr Ruto said the construction of dams remains key to the provision of water for domestic and irrigation purposes.

“Dams hold the immense potential to transform the lives of Kenyans through irrigation,” said President Ruto.

He said the government is betting on the competition of dams across the country to provide long-term solution to food security by reducing reliance on rain-fed agriculture.

“We’ve allocated Sh 300 million for  connection  of pipes from the dam  to all homesteads in Sirisia and Bungoma at large,” said President Ruto.

Furthermore,  the Head of State asked Kenyans to register afresh for the universal healthcare program beginning July 1, this year.

The President said the new registration will ensure that no Kenyan is left out from accessing benefits to be rolled out under the retooled public healthcare system anchored on the Universal healthcare care pillar.

“We want to make sure that Kenyans who seek health care are registered and able to access medical care,” said President Ruto.

He noted that those who have been paying Sh 500 will from July pay Sh 300, adding that the government will pay for those who are not able.

“But we will only help those who will have registered to benefit from the universal healthcare beginning July, this year,” he said.

This means that Kenyans already enrolled in the National Health Insurance Fund(NHIF) will register afresh to access benefits under the new universal healthcare programme.

The President said Bungoma will benefit from a Sh 27 billion have he recently signed for connection of electricity across the country.

He said MPs through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) will construct ICT hubs in every ward as part of efforts to create more job opportunities.

“It is our responsibility to ensure youths engage in meaningful income generating activities,” he said.

He said 8 markets are already under construction in Bungoma to spur economic development

Meanwhile,  President Ruto asked parents in Bungoma to ensure their children were in school, saying education remains equaliser of all irrespective of family backgrounds.

At Chwele trading centre where he stopped to acknowledge wananchi greetings  President Ruto said he has directed that sugar farmers be paid their dues to motivate them to produce more.

President Ruto also addressed wananchi at Mayanja market, during the launch of tarmacking of the Mayanja- Sirisia-Mukhweya- Musese and Mukhweya- Kimkung roads in Kabuchai constituency.

He asked Kenyans to work together, saying time for tribal politics was buried during the last General Election.

Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetangula auded Sirisia residents for coexisting peacefully with their counterparts across the Lwakhakha boder.

He urged those who have grabbed land meant for expansion of dams in Bungoma  to surrender or face stern action.

Governor Ken Lusaka and several MPs were present.

 

By Mourice Seretta

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