Central MPs have formed a parliamentary caucus to lobby on issues that affect the region’s economic development.
The issues affecting Mt Kenya were addressed in the Sagana State Lodge meeting that was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta and attended by over 3000 politicians from the region.
A press statement signed by 10 MPs from the region led by Nyeri Town legislator Ngunjiri Wambugu, on Friday, said they had identified three critical areas that need attention. They include small business support, agriculture and government suppliers payment.
On small business support, the Parliamentarians said they have “identified the chokeholds that are strangling the micro and small business environment especially regarding public service vehicle operations and wholesale and retail trade as well as how to reduce the cost of doing business”.
They also disclosed they would lobby to improve agribusiness in the region through value addition.
“ We will seek to revive and improve coffee, tea, milk, horticulture, floriculture, pyrethrum, macadamia, avocado, rice, miraa, potatoes, eggs and Poultry (etc) farming environment directly and/or via value-addition, which will, in turn, support food security, job creation and manufacturing”.
Furthermore, they disclosed that they would lobby for payment of all legitimate pending government supplier bills at national and county levels adding that they will advocate for their people to have equitable access to government business.
The press released was signed by Hon Ngunjiri Wambugu (Nyeri), Ruth Mwaniki (Kigumo), Ngugi Nduati (Gatanga), Maoka Maore (Igembe North) and Mercy Gakuya (Kasarani), Gathoni.
Others include Wamuchomba (Woman Rep Kiambu), Muturi Kigano (Kangema), Peter Mwathi (Limuru), Peter Kimari (Mathioya) and Paul Koinange (Kiambaa).
On the other hand, Tanga Tanga MPs from Mt Kenya will on Saturday hold a major press conference in Embu and later kickstart a series of economic rallies in the region.
The Ruto allied MPs criticised the Sagana meeting claiming that it did not address the issues affecting the region.