A former member of parliament for the Ndia constituency has urged residents from the area to exploit the vast resources to uplift their livelihoods.
Engineer Stephen Ngari pointed out that with proper support from leaders, residents can turn the area into a notable economic hub in Kirinyaga County.
Ngari said if given a second chance, he would use his experience to open up the area to economic and social advancement by revamping the agriculture sector.
He said the area is endowed with numerous water resources like Thiba and Rwamuthambi rivers, which the residents can tap for irrigation purposes thereby boosting the multimillion-horticulture sector.
“I want to use the experience I have gained during my tenure in the Government to help uplift the lives of hundreds of residents in this area.
“This region boasts of a rich but untapped agricultural potential in tea, coffee, and rice which can be exploited to ensure we eradicate poverty from this area,” Ngari said
Engineer Ngari said once re-elected, he would ensure all schools in the constituency are connected with clean drinking water and electricity.
He also noted that most secondary schools in the constituency still lack vital facilities such as laboratories and IT resources like computers despite the country gearing towards the achievement of vision 2030
“We need to ensure our students are well acquainted in IT skills to confront the ever-emerging technological needs in the modern world. To that end, my agenda is to make sure we have well equipped computer labs that will help meet the educational needs of our children,” he added.
“I am ready to wrestle the Ndia Parliamentary seat I lost in 2017 from the current Legislator,” he said.
He said voters from the area had asked him to prepare to wrestle the seat from George Kariuki whom they accused of having lost touch with them just after he was elected their MP.
‘Since I left the office after the 2017 general elections, area residents have been urging me to make a comeback and serve them with diligence as before. I am ready to wrestle the Ndia Parliamentary seat from Kariuki, the outgoing MP after massive pressure from the electorate who have missed my servant leadership since 2017,” he said.
It said during his term in office that various roads in the constituency were tarmacked while there was no single road made to bitumen standards except the main Sagana –Karatina high way but this changed significantly under his watch.
“I want to assure Ndia residents that am now more energized and ready to serve them to the best of my ability,” he said.
He said after losing the seat to Kariuki, he opted to keep off from the area politics to avoid the first time legislator get any excuse as to why he had failed to deliver.
“I have kept away from interfering with Kariuki’s tenure of office just to ensure he had no excuse whatsoever as to why he let the electorate down, come the day of reckoning,” said the Engineer.
He said all the developments projects that he had initiated but stalled will be completed once he assumed office after the August 9 general elections next year.
Ngari also said he has been interacting with the area residents, some of who have been able to point out one or two political mistakes he might have made while in office, this experience has given him an impetus and synergy to take the right path for the good of the great people of Ndia