Students from needy backgrounds have a reason to smile following today’s intervention by Governor Waiguru when she launched bursary worth Kes. 147.5 million.
The bursary will benefit a total of 35,656 secondary school students, 5,443 tertiary students and 3,907 University students from humble backgrounds across Kirinyaga.
The intervention comes at a time when many parents are facing economic difficulties leaving them with little disposable income which is hardly enough to put food on the table leave alone paying school fees for their children.
Governor Waiguru urged the beneficiaries to work extra hard noting that education is a tool for social change.
“I urge you not to take the bursary we are issuing here today for granted because education is a door to endless opportunities” Governor Waiguru said.
At the same time, the Council of Governors (CoG) Chairperson launched the free uniform program for all 15,000 Early Childhood Education Learners across the county and promised to initiate a free milk program which will see pupils enjoy milk twice a week.
“The uniform program that we have launched today is the first to ever to happen in Kenya. Soon, in partnership with the Export Processing Zone in Sagana, we will issue all ECDE learners with free shoes. We are also at advanced stages of providing our ECDE pupils with free milk which will be supplied twice a week” the Governor said.
On his part, Speaker of the County Assembly Hon. Muteti Murimi said that both the Executive and the Assembly are working harmoniously to see to it that election pledges are delivered.
“As an Assembly, we are not in the business of fighting the Executive. We campaigned on the platform of development and that is what we are working towards” Hon. Muteti said.
The Governor also signed the Kirinyaga County Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill, 2023 into law thus giving the much needed impetus in the management of liqour outlets in the County.
She also assented to the Kirinyaga County Transport and Parking Bill, 2023 which will dictate future operation of public transport in the County.
Later in the afternoon, several Members of the County Assembly led by the Speaker accompanied the Governor to the launch of an ultra-modern multipurpose market in Mukarara, Kabare Ward. The project, once complete, is expected to host a social hall and an ICT hub which will be fully connected to the internet.