We the people of Bwiti and Bumamani villages in Kwale County held a meeting on Tuesday 2nd May, 2017 to discuss development initiatives in our area. Some of us in Bwiti were relocated from Maumba village to pave way for mining activities by Base Titanium Limited while most of the residents in Bumamani are living next to the mine. As a result of the relocation process we lost access to some of the basic services like water, healthcare and schools which were readily available in their former village.
We resolved to be part of the ongoing public finance debates and get our fair share of public resources through provision of basic services. This is in line with Article 201 of the Constitution of Kenya which calls for openness, transparency and accountability in public finance management.
Currently, the Kwale County budget estimates FY 2017/2018 have been tabled at the County assembly awaiting public participation, debate and enactment or with or without amendments. We have taken an early lead to scrutinize the budget estimates and provide our input for your consideration.
As taxpayers it is our hope that the Kwale County Assembly will consider these proposals and fund them during the Financial Year 2017/2018. We will be glad to hear from you on the proposals that have been funded and if there are any questions which need clarification, we are available to answer.
We have proposed the following projects for funding under education, health, water, trade, agriculture and infrastructure sectors.
- Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries
-We propose that the county provides artificial insemination for livestock farmers to get highbred animals.
– Fish Farming: Fish ponds for groups (youth, women and people with disabilities).
– Farm Inputs: Kwale County government should provide farmers with seeds such as cow-peas, green grams, fertilizer and pesticides. Provide farmers with training on best practices.
– Cash crops: We ask the Kwale County government to conduct research on cash crops like cashew nuts and simsim and come up with ways of value-addition to create products such as cashew nut butter and simsim oil to create an entire industry and hence more several jobs for the people of Kwale County. This is a great underutilized resource.
- Upgrading livestock
- Established youth farms will be a source of employment and income for the target groups because they are located far away from the ocean where most of the fishing is practiced.
- Proper training on agricultural skills will help in fight against famine, increased incomes and provide self -employment.
- Improving the existing types of cash crops can have an economic transform because farmers will earn more income and invest it in other ventures.
- Trade and Cooperative Development
- We ask for provision of civic education on how to get access to Trade Revolving Fund.
- We ask the county to build for us a market shade on the public land in Bwiti. At Magaoni we need expansion of the existing market center to benefit more people and create conducive environment for trade.
- We request the county government to review the terms and conditions for issuing loans from the Trade Revolving Fund.
Promoting trade in Kwale County is essential for traders to generate more revenue and hence pay more taxes, levies or fees to the county government. It is a win-win situation.
- Medical and Public Health Services
- We ask the Kwale County to expand Bwiti dispensary to a health center and equip the health center at Magaoni.
- Employ more healthcare staff at the above healthcare facility.
- We ask the county to provide us with an ambulance at Bwiti and Magaoni to serve the sick people who need emergence services.
- We ask for provision of sufficient essential drugs and medicine to satisfy the current demand.
- There is need for expansion of the health facilities because Msambweni County Referral hospital is far away from the residents and the roads leading there are in poor condition.
- Availability of professional health care providers is essential to ensure people enjoy their right to health.
- The ambulance will help save the lives of people who need urgent attention. Currently, ambulance that serves the two villages comes from Kikoneni (10 kilometers away) which takes a lot of time hence reducing patients’ chances of survival.
- Currently, drugs and other medical provisions are inadequate and we are told to purchase from private chemists which are more costly.
- Water Services
- We need the Kwale County to set aside resources to be used for establishing a water piping system to distribute water from the borehole in Chigombero to reach people who live in Bwiti.
- We ask the county to provide us with water tanks for rain water harvesting. These tanks should be installed at strategic points in Bwiti and Bumamani villages.
- We ask the Kwale County government to construct for us huge water dams to supply water for our livestock during the dry season.
- The right to access to clean piped water is provided for under Article 43 of the Constitution of Kenya. Therefore, providing piped water for the residents of Bwiti and Bumamani will put the county at bar with other governments which are committed towards promoting its citizens’ access to basic services.
- Education, Research and Human Resource Development
- County government of Kwale should allocate resources towards building of modern village polytechnics in Bumamani.
- Kwale County should build an ECDE center in Bumamani to serve the children there.
- More caregivers to be employed at Bwiti Earlier Childhood Development Education (ECDE) center.
- The village polytechnic will provide essential skills such as masonry, plumping, carpentry and electrical wiring.
- ECDE education is the foundation of one’s education. In Bumamani our children walk long distances to access ECDE services.
- Currently, one care giver employed at Bwiti is serving 150 pupils. This means the children are not receiving proper care that they deserve.
- Kwale County to allocate resources towards the hiring of more care givers in order to provide high quality services to the pupils.
- Infrastructure and Public Works
- We ask the county government to rehabilitate/marram the Mvumoni-Bwiti-Mwambalazi, Bwiti-Kiruku roads.
- Kwale County should set aside funds to place culverts between Mwambalazi and Chigombero.
- We request for tarmacking of Ramisi-Kikoneni road.
- Kwale County government should provide culvets on the road between Mvumoni and Mwambalazi.
- The Mvumoni-Bwiti-Mwambalazi and Bwiti-Kiruku roads are impassible during the rainy season and as a result it negatively affects our economic activities.
- Tarmacking of Ramisi-Kikoneni road will promote ease movement of people and goods and hence facilitate economic growth for the region.
- Culverts on the road between Mvumoni and Mwambalazi will improve accessibility to the area and make it easier to access the hospitals.