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Linturi and Meru MPs Accused Jubilee Of Being Stingy With Development Money

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Linturi and Meru MPs Accused Jubilee Of Being Stingy With Development Money
Meru MPs have accused the Jubilee administration of slow implementation of projects, unfair distribution of resources in the Mt Kenya region and failure to address miraa farmers’ plight.

Addressing journalists in Meru town on Monday, the 10 MPs led by Senator Mithika Linturi said several roads whose construction started three years ago had stalled while funds for four roads have been diverted by the Treasury.

The MPs said Meru had been side-lined in the allocation of 540 kilometre Mau Mau road that will traverse Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri and Nyandarua counties at a cost of Sh30 billion.

The legislators including Imenti South MP Kathuri Murungi, Kirima Ngucine (Imenti Central), Mugambi Rindikiri (Buuri), Gichunge Kabeabea (Tigania East), John Mutunga (Tigania West), Kubai Iringo (Igembe Central) and JohnPaul Mwirigi (Igembe South) called for urgent intervention to revive stalled projects.

Mr Linturi said they would work as a united front to ensure the County is not undermined in allocation of resources by the national government. The Senator said there was discrimination in allocation of resources.

He said the Mau Mau road was meant to connect regions that were actively engaged in the struggle for independence yet the distribution was skewed.

The MPs said about five roads have stalled due to lack of funding and being awarded to incompetent contractors.

Buuri MP Mugambi Rindikiri and his Tigania West counterpart John Mutunga accused the Treasury CS Ukur Yattani of diverting funds meant for four roads in Meru to Marsabit County.

Meanwhile, the legislators called on the ministry of trade and the foreign affairs to move with speed to resolve the trade impasse with Somalia.

They accused the Jubilee administration of lacking good will in addressing the market challenges facing miraa.

Mr Mutunga said Djibouti, Mozambique and Congo were open for miraa trade but little was being done by the government to open up new markets.

Currently, Somalia has been the only export market for miraa taking in more than 50 tonnes daily.

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