Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has launched a Sh 110 million schools bursary program to benefit needy children in the area .
She said a total of 40,000 children were set to benefit from the roll out of the fund outside her Kutus town offices yesterday.
She said out of the 40,000 beneficiaries identified, 32,000 were secondary school students, while the rest were University and those in various Tertiary institutions.
The Governor asked all the beneficiaries to put extra efforts in their school work so that once successful, they could in return assist others in future.
She also asked the area County Assembly members to continue supporting her projects she had initiated in the area in an effort to improve the living standards of the residents .
Waiguru singled out the ongoing construction of the state of the arts Kerugoya referral hospital which when complete will have a 300 bed capacity .
“This facility will have an ICU and a HDU and piped Oxygen gas supply to every bed making it the best in the region and for the best interest of our people ,”she said.
At the same time Waiguru has assured area residents that those dispensaries which had been abandoned will soon be completed in an effort to bring services closer to the people .
She also said Sh 300 million has been set aside for the construction of a tomato processing factory at Kangai Ward.
She said the search for some land to put up the facility was ongoing and once identified construction would commence immediately .
The governor further said an avocado processing factory was set to be put up at Kanyekini Ward in readiness for the upcoming first crop of the harsh variety .
“We are also set to establish a rice husk factory in Mwea where timber and building boards will be manufactured using the byproduct farmers had been discarding since the irrigation scheme was established in 1956,”she said.
Accompanied by a battery of MCAs Waiguru said she will wait for the people to decide the direction the county will head to on the BBI, while the Assembly Majority Leader Kamau Murango said the Initiative was unpopular in the area .
“Although I talk little politics very few people can rival me on matters development and service delivery as evident by the way I have transformed the face of Kerugoya as well as Kutus and Kagio towns ,”she said.
She said more development projects will be rolled out this year in the corners of the county