Kilif, KENYA: Kilifi county refurbished assembly building was officially opened on Friday in Malindi.
The construction of the state of the art building that includes Assembly chambers and offices is estimated to have taken a year to its completion.
Addressing delegates and Members of County assembly during the opening, National Senate speaker Ekwe Ethuro said the building was the first country wide to have all facilities contained in the national assembly.
He called upon the MCA’s to work for the people of Kilifi County peacefully and avoid dismantling of equipment during disagreements on motions and bills as happened some years back.
“The people of Kilifi are privileged to be in the history of having the first state of the art facility in the likes of County assembly chambers. But I want to challenge the MCAs to use it wisely and peacefully for the benefit of development for the people of Kilifi County.”Ethuro said.
Jimmy Kahindi, speaker of the Kilifi County assembly commended the MCAs for passing more than thirty bills into law since the inception of the county governments.
He said they were happy to have completed the construction of the building that has ever been a dream for the people of Kilifi County.
“It is my sincere hope and pledge that we will carry on with our legislative role and to make sure we pass more bills into law which will enhance the lives of our great people of Kilifi.Currently since the inception of the county governments in 2013 we have already passed more than 30 bills in to law.”Kahindi said.
Meanwhile Kilifi county governor Amason Kingi challenged the house to look into the drought hitting various semi-arid areas in the county.
He said the executive have put in place measures and means of countering the vice that has seen more than 200,000 people starve of hunger and thousands of livestock die of lack of pasture and water.
“It is the role of the Assembly to oversee the projects that up keep the lives of people of Kilifi,” said Kingi.
“My government has been working around the clock to ensure that no human being starves of hunger in Kilifi.” Added Kingi.
According to the Deputy Speaker Teddy Mwambire, the refurbishment cost the county almost sh. 105 million.