Leaders from Mt Kenya region have appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to consider the region in the Government’s development agenda.
Speaking in Naivasha after a one-day closed-door meeting convened by nominated MP Cecily Mbarire, the leaders pledged their unwavering support for the president but noted that they had a development agenda for the region.
The over 70 lawmakers accused the Jubilee administration of neglecting the region despite voting for President Uhuru overwhelmingly in the last general elections.
“We have developed a detailed development matrix that we will forward to the President for implementation and Mt Kenya region must claim its rightful share of development in the country, within the remaining four years of this current administration,” Mbarire said.
Mbarire further called for a review of the Revenue allocation noting that the region contributes over 60% of the country’s GDP thus the need for more funds to be channeled to the region.
“Mt Kenya region contributes to 60 per cent of country’s GDP yet only 20 per cent is ploughed back and we are calling on Commission of Revenue Allocation (CRA) to ensure the region gets its fair share of resources. We call upon the government to put in place measures to facilitate the ease of doing business for Small and Medium Traders (SMEs) and business owners, majority of who are youth from our region, in order to generate employment and revenue for the government” she added.