On Saturday, December 23, 2023
The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, under the leadership of Waziri Fredrick Kimanga, has emerged among top performing ministries in the latest ratings.
The ministry clinched position four out of the 12 County Executive dockets in FY2022/23’s fourth quarter performance ranking proclaimed by Governor Dr. Julius Malombe yesterday.
The Office of the Governor clinched the top position, followed by the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Revenue Management while the Agriculture and Livestock Development Ministry was ranked third in the list.
The results were unveiled in an auspicious event held at Ithookwe Showground where members of the County Executive, County Assembly, County Public Service Board, officials of the national Public Service Performance Management Unit, hundreds of county government staff and the clergy, among others, converged.
The Lands Ministry’s performance is solidly anchored on the dedicated delivery of public service in line with the Governor’s 16-point development agenda _The Kitui Promise_.
Among the notable projects implemented by the Ministry is the street lighting program which has transformed urban areas including the County Headquarters, Mwingi Town, making them more secure and attractive to investments.
Another project undertaken by the Ministry is the construction of stormwater drainage and walkways in the Kitui and Mwingi Municipalities, and other towns. This has improved the safety of pedestrians and sanitation standards in urban areas, improving businesses and habitation.
Further, the Ministry is involved in planning for upcoming urban areas while guiding the construction of structures in the towns to avoid congestion in the future. This is geared towards ensuring that the towns are developed sustainably.
The Department of Lands has been holding land clinics to facilitate the resolution of land-related issues across the county.
The clinics revolve around amicable land dispute resolution mechanisms, land rates payment and title deed acquisition, among other issues.
In this regard, the ministry has also spearheaded the land subdivision and titling process in the Mwakini area in Yatta/Kwa Vonza Ward, Kitui Rural Sub-County. The exercise is in the advanced stages.
The initiative is aimed at guaranteeing residents secure land tenure, which is essential for socioeconomic development.
This performance has been delivered with the help of two able Chief Officers, Evans Mutemi (Urban Development) and Stephen Musili (Lands and Housing).
The two Municipality Managers Job Muisyo (Kitui) and Alex Mutemi of (Mwingi) and the entire ministerial staff have also played a critical role in achieving these milestones.