By Peter Kombe
Nominated senator Christine Zawadi has called on the national government to build more factories within Kilifi County in a bid to create more employment opportunities to the locals.
The senator noted that Kilifi County has only one factory which is Mabati rolling mills in Mariakani within Rabai sub county.
Speaking to The COAST Newspaper in Mombasa, the politician noted that Ganze Sub County does not have any income generating activity that can sustain locals economically.
She said the area has turned to be a hunger zone throughout the year following the lack of factories.
“We need factory in Ganze, it is surprising that there is not even a single factory over there. I urge the government to build several factories so as to alleviate the poverty situation experienced in the area at the moment” She said
Meanwhile, the senator accused Kilifi County Government officers at the border points for overcharging businessmen who engage in transportation of raw materials.
She outlined that some of natural resources; including river sand and ballast from Kilifi County are heavily taxed posing a burden to the locals due to the high charges.
“There are several raw materials that are charged at all border points in both Kilifi and Mombasa counties. It will be more prudent the tax mechanism is streamlined in favor of the common man.” Senator Zawadi said
Senator Zawadi urged county governments throughout the country to streamline their tax mechanism in favor the common man.
The politician noted that she will soon table a motion in parliament to harmonize tax payment in various counties.
On the issue of equality among women and their role in politics, the nominated senator urged women across the political divide to flock in massive numbers and vie for elective posts in both county and national government.
She attributed the low turn-out of women vying for political positions to the attitude men have towards women.
“Never will men give chances to woman. That is why as women we must fight for our political rights. Men have always belittled us.” The politician said
The nominated senator also challenged women to apply for tender in both county and national government levels without fear or favor.
She said it is the right of all Kenyans regardless of their gender or political inclinations to access and apply for any government tender.
“We all have equal rights gone are the days when women were not considered in any position. I urge women to come out and apply for any tender from any government” She added
She urged women to engage in public participation forums in order to learn more about their socio-economic and political rights.
The senator however blamed most counties on claims of not having implemented the thirty per cent gender rule.
Meanwhile, Kilifi County based resident Mishi Mwandoro called on the county government to consider the youths in the area saying claiming there rampant unemployment.
She noted that most of the youth engage in the county do menial jobs despite their academic qualifications in various fields.
“The county government has totally forgotten the youths. We feel isolated despite having gone to school and qualifying for county jobs.” She lamented
The concerned youth further indicated that the rapid unemployment levels have led to poverty amongst many families within the county.
You Are Fleecing Our Money; MP’s Warned
By The COAST Newspaper Team
Kenyans have expressed concern over the manner in which Members of Parliament are using public coffers money in the name of evaluating elections.
A locally based human rights organization Haki Africa has vehemently condemned the over 300 members of parliament who are allegedly enjoying themselves in a five star hotel in Mombasa with full paid up trips claiming to be conducting election evaluations.
Speaking in Mombasa on Wednesday, HAKI Africa executive Director Hussein Khalid said the 349 members of parliament are really misappropriating the tax payers money and should stop the exercise forthwith so as to save the tax payers money.
Khalid said Kenyans are currently undergoing difficult times trying to make ends meet while politicians are busy wasting their hard earned money.
“You will find that most of these MP’s are just but enjoying themselves along the beach skipping all the days scheduled sittings while they are being paid lots of allowances” Khalid lamented
He accused the parliamentarians for wasting over one hundred million tax payer’s money on the ongoing workshop being held at a Mombasa hotel.
He argued that the same politicians who continue dividing Kenyans and further polarizing the nation with their fiery statements and public pronouncement cannot be allowed to spend such a large chunk of money.
He claimed the ongoing Parliamentarians forum in Mombasa is a misuse of public funds which would otherwise be channeled to developing the country.
“Some Kenyans in some parts of the country are facing acute starvation while MPs here are just but leisurely enjoying themselves with the poor man’s money” he added
The executive indicated that according to the estimates by the NGO the ongoing MPs conference in Mombasa will cost the Kenyan tax payer over Kshs 35 million being spent on meals and accommodation for the 6 days period.
He noted that over Kshs 12 million will be spent on MPs flights alone while daily allowances amount to over Kshs 20 million.
The human Rights Crusader feels that the current system of County governance is becoming a burden and bother to the common citizen and wants now to be scrapped off.
Khalid is now agitating for the scrapping off of 37 counties and remain only with ten counties across the country.
He wants the retention of all the former provinces but with a creation of two more new ones.
“All the former 8 provinces should remain and split the larger Rift Valley province and get Upper and Lower Rift Counties. The Eastern province should also be split into two and come up with two counties” Khalid suggested.
He said the matter has already been communicated to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and they expect it will be looked into as the commission commences its activity of reviewing the political boundaries anytime from next year.
“We have already communicated the issue to the IEBC and we expect that when time comes the matter will be looked into thoroughly” he added
He further said that they will be forced to use legal measure to ensure the matter sees the light of the day.
He said the matter of boundaries should be an all inclusive and not a reserve to the politicians.
Khalid said “We shall use the Judiciary as we are aware that for the past years it has been very vocal in championing of the rights of the people”
Khalid also wants each County to have just twelve members of parliament which will 120 and other 30 members with special interest groups making a total of 150 members.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission review political boundaries after every ten year.