Wathimba outlines his agenda for Nakuru

Nakuru Senatorial seat candidate Chrispus Wathimba has outlined his agenda that will see the cosmopolitan  county transformed tremendously.

Wathimba who was last week cleared by IEBC to contest the Nakuru Senatorial seat as Independent candidate said his first agenda if he wins the seat is to ensure that the county gets its share from the National government.

He noted that for many years Nakuru has continued to contribute hugely to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) yet it remains behind in terms of development.

He says once in office, he will push  bill that will see the counties such as Nakuru that contribute hugely to the GDP get a share equivalent to that which they contribute.

Wathimba called on the government that will take over from President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure that the 5 top GDP contributors in the country are protected so that their economy can help improve the livelihoods.

“We are among the top three counties that contribute hugely to the GDP of this country yet we continue to witness low levels of development and this is an issue that should addressed through proper leadership at Senate and that is what I believe I can” said Wathimba.

Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru are Kenya’s richest counties while Isiolo, Lamu, Tana River and Samburu are the poorest counties according to a new survey that shows five counties contribute 47 percent of the national annual economic output, also known as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

According to Wathimba, good leadership in place will see Nakuru get the rightful share that will then be utilised in various projects that touch and transform the lives of residents.

It should be noted that Kenya ushered in devolution in 2013 to bridge the uneven distribution of wealth that the centralised system of governance entrenched.

It is for this reason, that Wathimba believes in good working relationship between governor and senator to deliver to the people.

He cited that Nakuru county has not had good representation both at County  and Senate which he says time is now to rectify through the August polls.

Wathimba said if elected the Senator, he will ensure that no wrangles between and the governor that will be in office as such wrangles derail development agenda.

According to him, County leaders Governor, Senator, MCAs should always have a consultative meeting to see how the interests of the county can be safeguarded at the National level.

He was however quick to note that he will work tirelessly to ensure that the county resources are utilised for the good of the electorates.

Wathimba says the resources channeled to the counties should utilised well to ensure the people feel the fruits of devolution.

“We have had problems in Nakuru simply because of political rivalry between Senators and Governors.That should come to an end so that the people of Nakuru can realize development” he said.

The soft-spoken Wathimba believes in sobre politics where every leader is respected.

With just two Months to the General polls, Wathimba called on political class to ensure peaceful campaigns.

“Campaigns are not all about dirty politics and names-calling, but we have a role to ensure peaceful campaigns ahead of the August polls” said Wathimba.

He will be battling it out with other contestants  among them Lawrence Karanja(Jubilee), and Tabitha Karanja(UDA).

The incumbent Susan Kihika has declared her interest for the Nakuru Gubernatorial seat.

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