I trust you have had a good beginning to 2017
1. President Kenyatta in the Coast Region
President Kenyatta spent his Christmas and New Year vacation here in Mombasa, as some of you may be aware. You will recall that he delivered his New Year address on December 31, right here at State House.
In the last few days, the President has spent some time inspecting development projects, commissioning some, as well as meeting various delegations of leaders and citizens.
In his New Year message the President made the point that he would hold these type of meetings right across the country, meeting citizens, listening to them, and ensuring that services that he promised Kenyans are being delivered effectively and efficiently.
And, in this very region, the administration of President Kenyatta has invested billions of shillings to significantly improve infrastructure – roads, the port, health, education. These things are in evidence everywhere.
All hospitals in this region have been kitted fully with the latest diagnostic machines under the Managed Equipment Services programme. These facilities include theatres, renal units, and and Intensive Care Units. Sterilization and surgical sets and imaging and radiology equipment have also been installed.
These investments are literally in the billions of shillings.
Coast General Hospital Level 5: KSHS 460 Million
Likoni Level 4 Hospital: KSHS 380 Million
Malindi Level 5: KSHS 430 Million
Kilifi Level 4: KSHS 380 Million
Msambweni Level 5: KSHS 460 Million
Kinango Level 4: KSHS 380 Million
Lamu Level 5: KSHS 430 Million. In addition, KSHS 200 Million was given to the hospital as a special grant to upgrade it.
Faza Level 4: KSHS 380 Million
Voi Level 5: KSHS 430 Million
Taveta Level 4: KSHS 380 Million
Hola Level 5: KSHS 430 Million
Garsen Level 4: KSHS 380 Million
The administration has also spent billions of shillings in its efforts to bring bulbs to every home to replace kerosene lamps, light schools to ensure that our children can ready day or night to improve their competitiveness with others around the world, and lighting trading centres or roads to improve security or ensure that businesses can be open longer.
A total of 1,241 primary schools have been connected to the National Grid in the six counties in this region since 2013, this at a cost of KSHS 2 Billion
– 85 primary schools in Mombasa County
– 453 in Kilifi County
– 344 in Kwale County
– 109 in Lamu County
– 184 in Taita Taveta County
– and 66 in Tana River County
In addition, more than 350,000 households have been connected to the national grid
– 263,104 households in Mombasa County from 118,239 in June 2013
– 102,749 households in Kilifi County from 46,692 in June 2013
– 39, 023 households in Kwale County from 16,490 in June 2013
– 11,008 households in Lamu County from 3,501 in June 2013
– 29,645 households in Taita Taveta County from 10,938 in June 2013
– and 5,621 households in Tana River County from 2,685 in June 2013
In all the counties, thousands of street lights have also been installed, including more than 5,000 here in Mombasa, which have enabled more secure movement at all times of day or night.
Investment in the port here has been massive. The goal has been to make the port more efficient and effective, so that it serves its role as a pillar of growth in Kenya and the region.
The Mombasa Port Development Project Phase 1 is now complete. This project has increased container handling at the Mombasa Port by 550,000 TEUs to 1.5 million TEUs. This has been done at a cost of KSHS 26.5 Billion.
With regard to roads, Construction of the access road to Unsoa at Changamwe Industrial Area in Mombasa has been completed at a cost of KSHS 186 Million. Work is still ongoing on the maintenance of Sabasaba–Malindi B8 Road (KSHS 247 Million), Port Reitz–Moi International Airport Rd (KSHS 2.79 Billion) as well as the construction of the Mombasa Southern Bypass at a cost of KSHS 12 Billion.
In Taita Taveta County, the Voi Township Roads which include Edward Maghanga that is 1.8km, Mwatamaa Rd, which is 0.8km and the Main Access Rd is currently ongoing, all at a cost of KSHS 245 Million.
Additionally, the Voi–Mwatate–Taveta Road is at its completion stages. Less than 2 km of the 100 km stretch remains. It will open up great trading opportunities between Tanzania, Taveta and Voi and has been constructed at a cost of KSHS 8.4 Billion.
Whereas in Tana River County, spot improvement and routine maintenance of the Charedende–Bura Rd, Makutano–Hola Rd and the Hola Township roads are all complete. This has been done at a cost of KSHS 477 Million.
With regards to water projects in the region, Baricho Works Expansion Project is about to begin and is expected to serve 150,000 people in the larger Malindi area, at a cost of KSHS 2.7 Billion.
In Kwale County, the Nyalani Water Supply Project in Kinango Constituency is currently ongoing at a cost of KSHS 83 Million, whereas the rehabilitation of Mkanda Dam was completed and cost KSHS 200 Million. This dam was recently commissioned by the President.
In Mombasa County, the Mombasa Informal Settlement Lots 1 and 2 have been completed at a total cost of KSHS 267 Million. These water projects provide for under 20,000 residents in Nyali Constituency.
In Taita Taveta County, the expansion of the Taveta–Lumi water supply that is expected to serve 60,000 people in the Taveta area is complete, which cost KSHS KSHS 100 Million.
In Tana River County, the Hirimani and the Walestoka Water Pans are complete and are currently under production. These projects were done at a cost of KSHS 108 Million. The Tawfig and Waldena Water Pans are almost complete, with a capacity of 60,000m3 and 70,000m3 respectively and are being constructed at a cost of KSHS 150 Million.
What is in the Pipeline:
There are various projects also in the pipeline.
Improvements to Malindi Airport will start later this year. Works will include expanding the runway as well as improve the apron. This project will cost KSHS 50 Million. This investment will significantly improve capacity at the airport.
In Kwale County, works on the Ukunda–Lunga Lunga Rd as well as the Bachuma–Maji Ya Chumvi Rd is ongoing at a cost of KSHS 226 Million and KSHS 4.9 Billion respectively.
Work is expected to begin on these roads and have been marked for tendering: Kwale–Mwalugaje Rd (KSHS 630 Million), Milalani–Mivumoni–Kilulu Rd (KSHS 944 Million), Kwale–Golini Rd (KSHS 345 Million), as well as the Kwale–Kinango–Samburu Rd. There is also work to improve roads in Kwale Township.
In Lamu County, works have begun on the first three berths at a cost of KSHS 49 Billion. Feasibility studies have been done on the LAPPSET Railways project and will cost of KSHS 12.9 Billion, while additional works at Manda Airport on improving the runway and apron, at a cost of KSHS 65 Million.
Construction of the Garsen–Witu–Lamu Rd at a cost of KSHS 10.3 Billion is about to begin. The contract for this road has already been awarded.
On the security front, the government has invested heavily in terms of increase of police officers and ensuring that they are well equipped. Additionally, the police force has been undergoing reorganisation so as to effectively deal with existing and upcoming threats to safety and security within the borders.
In the last three years, more than 1,000 additional officers and 177 police vehicles under the leasing programme have been deployed to the Coast to boost security.
The Command and Control Centre based in Nairobi has a satellite centre in Mombasa which is up and running and serving Mombasa and its environs, ensuring effective surveillance in this region.
In the past two years there have been fewer incidents due to Operation Linda Boni that has been ongoing in Kilifi County. As a result, the civilian population has been secured and the government is looking to open schools and other amenities in the area. This has had a positive impact on tourism in this region.
2. Foreign Assignments:
President Kenyatta will in the coming week visit India for a two–day State Visit, beginning on 10 January 2017. This is to reciprocate the historic State Visit paid to our country by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July 2016.
Relations between India and Kenya in the political, social and economic spheres, in particular, trade and investment have grown over time. India has been an important trading partner for Kenya. Kenya as a country is keen to increase the value of its exports to India through value addition of Kenya’s outputs.
Key areas of focus during the visit will be collaboration in healthcare, manufacturing and industrialization, defence and security, as well as Information, Communication and Technology.
As you may be aware, during Prime Minister Modi’s visit, India agreed to give Rivatex a significant line of credit that is key to the revival of the textiles plant that will further revitalize the Uasin Gishu town of Eldoret.
Thereafter President Kenyatta will head on to Bamako, Mali to attend the 27th Africa – France Summit on 14th January.
The objective of this summit is to debate on peace and security and the issues that affect African countries as well as common responses in this respect.
Additionally, France will be looking to find ways and means of supporting development in Africa, specifically in education, health, investment, and other areas that focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Later on in the month, President Kenyatta will attend the 28 Ordinary Session of the African Union, where the Heads of State will vote in a new Chairperson of the African Union Commission as well as other Commissions for the AUC.
As you may be aware, our Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs is running for the position of AUC Chairperson and has invested in trying to build an African consensus around her candidature over the past four months.
I know you have some questions but the first one really, many of you already called about it. It concerns VIP protection for your region. My understanding is that the regional command structures in Mombasa and Kilifi are reorganising themselves and I think it would be up to them to respond to any issues around that. The important thing to say is that there is no political motive in operational matters within the police service.
Second. You will want to ask about all these investments we talk about in the health sector when doctors are on strike.
First. A Government must take a long-term view and investments must continue to deliver the type of diagnostic equipment doctors themselves often speak about. Second, in terms of a way forward, the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary said only on Friday that all parties would reconvene on Monday to look at the issues again.
Government has an offer on the table and it hasn’t changed. The doctors want a CBA that is not registered implemented. Of course it cannot. The simple reason there really is that the constitution says that no salaries can be negotiated outside the SRC, and this CBA doesn’t have the SRC’s input and blessings. As many of you recall, the teachers’ strike had similar underlying tones and the appellant court ruled valid no offers could be made outside of the SRC.
So we look forward to all parties discussing this matter, and for government, look to a quick resolution of the matter, within the confines of the law.
Manoah Esipisu, MBS
Secretary of Communication &
State House Spokesperson