Kapsabet and Nandi Hills towns are set to benefit from the last mile power connectivity, this according to Nandi County governor Dr Cleophas Lagat. The initiative which has so far benefitted rural areas and major towns in the Country including the neighbouring Eldoret town in Uasin Gishu County, is expected to boost the economy and open up more businesses in the two major urban centres in Nandi County once installed, ‘’ We have held talks with the CS for Energy Hon Charles Keter on lighting up Kapsabet and Nandi Hills towns, and I want to report back that this will be done soon’’ added Lagat.
The news comes as a relief especially to the residents and the business community, who have been forced to operate their businesses within the normal working hours for security reasons. Similarly, governor Lagat has praised investors in the County for exuding confidence by investing in the two towns as witnessed by the booming enterprises and mushrooming high – rise commercial buildings, noting that the development was an indicator that indeed devolution was working in Nandi County, ‘’ I am happy that Kapsabet town, the once sleeping giant is now on its feet courtesy of devolution’’ he added. Further, Lagat has assured his support to any entrepreneur who wish to venture in the County.
Additionally, the Nandi County government in conjunction with the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology is planning to install Local Area Network (LAN) and to increase fibre optic cable connectivity to boost communication networks and businesses in the County, added Lagat.
Speaking during Mashujaa day celebration held at Kapsabet Showground, Lagat, who was accompanied by his deputy governor Dominic Biwott and his County Executive Members, used the opportunity to recognize and celebrate renowned heroes and heroines in the County, led by the athletes who have continuously posted outstanding performance both in the international and regional competitions and thus placing the County as the best Sports – tourism destination, ‘’As we mark this day I cannot forget to mention our heroes and heroines; our sportsmen and sportswomen who continue to put our Country and County in the global map, we salute you all! you are our Mashujaa’’ he added
On his part deputy governor Dominic Biwott praised the athletes for the great milestone achievements, adding that a major celebration befitting the athletes will be held in their honour.
Other heroes and heroines that were recognized during the occasion were Koitalel Samoei, the great legendary leader who liberated the Nandi community from the British colonial government, famous political and religious leaders like the late Bishop Alexander Muge, Jean Marie Seroney, Jelagat Mutai among others.Institutions of learning that have excelled in academics and sports namely Kapsabet Boys High school and East and Central Africa volleyball champions Kosirai girls received special mention.
And as the Country heads to the next year’s general election, governor Lagat and his deputy set to assure the residents that they will not renege on their pre –election pledges, citing the development record they have set three and half years they have been in power, among them initiation and completion of various projects in the County. Notably, construction of staff units at Kapsabet County Referral hospital, revival of cattle dips, revamping of Kaimosi ATC, unveiling of subsisized AI services, revamping of Kaimosi ATC, opening up and grading of feeder roads, purchase of specialized treatment equipment, construction of two stadia of Kipchoge Keino in Kapsabet and Nandi Hills, construction and employment of ECDE centres and caregivers, adoption of an automated revenue system, completion of various water projects, and the purchase of firefighting engines.
At the same time the two County leaders lashed at some of the gubernatorial aspirants whom they said had to developmental agenda for the residents, further urging the residents to vote them a second term to fully accomplish their mandate.The day’s celebrations was attended by hundredths of residents among other guest.