President Uhuru Kenyatta launched Sigor Wei-Wei Integrated Development Project Phase Three in Wei Wei ward, Sigor Constituency, West Pokot county. The project is set to boost food production in the region.
The 1.2 billion worth irrigation scheme will help boost food production and reduce over-reliance on relief food in the North Rift county which is now embracing agriculture.
The irrigation scheme initiated by an Italian development cooperation and the Kenyan government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will benefit more than 250 farmers on 325 hectares of land.
The irrigation scheme had collapsed due to lack of funds and poor management.
It was revived two years ago with the inception of the county government.
At the moment, county residents depend majorly on the scheme which has transformed the lives of thousands of locals.
Mr. Kenyatta reiterated the government’s commitment to improving the lives of Kenyans and insisted he won’t be bothered by people who are against development projects.
“I have no time to listen to propaganda and lies spread by our opponents,” said the president.
Uhuru observed that the launched projects will help transform the lives of residents and help end perennial cases of banditry in the region.
President Kenyatta said the government will expand the irrigation projects in the area and initiate other development projects adding that more than 600,000 hectares of land in the country is now under irrigation. This is set to hit over one million hectares by next year.
He called on the Pokot community to join the new Jubilee party which he said is the only party which will unite Kenyans.
Deputy President William Ruto said the Jubilee development record speaks for itself and will make be given a second term by Kenyans.
“People will be asking what Jubilee has done not propaganda. Kenyans will examine what we have done. We will be judged by what we have done, not falsehoods and propaganda,” said Mr. Ruto.
Ruto urged Kenyans not to listen to the propaganda being spread by the opposition adding that they lack any development agenda for Kenya.
“We will be judged by our scorecard and not our empty talk to Kenyans everyday,” he said.
Later, the president unveiled the construction of 80 Kilometer Kamatira-Kapsait–Cheptongei tarmac road at Chepkono.
The president was accompanied by Deputy president William Ruto, Water CS Eugene Wamalwa, Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri, Inspector General Joseph Boinnett, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery, Governor Simon Kachapin, KVDA Managing director David Kimosop among others.