Machakos is a county with a rich heritage and a people of great resilience, optimism and hard work. It is a county endowed with natural resources and a conducive environment for business and fertile soils for agriculture. As a metropolis of Nairobi, the Capital City of Kenya, Machakos County possesses an enormous potential to transform itself into a bastion of social-economic transformation and prosperity. This is a journey I believe that, with the right leadership, we can confidently embark on.
My vision for the people of Machakos is anchored in My Three Pillar Promise: Food Security, Socio-Economic Empowerment and Infrastructure.
I intend to achieve food security for the people of Machakos through investment in modern farming practices and value addition chains for our produce. It is my believe that proper management of the sector will go a long way in creating jobs (directly and indirectly) and also enhancing food security for the people of Machakos.
On socio-economic empowerment, I intend to invest heavily in health, education, and empowerment programs for the youth, women groups and community-based organizations. These will be achieved by addressing the needs of the different categories of citizens. Employees of the county government will be empowered to deliver services efficiently to citizens which is a key foundation for the attainment of my three Pillar Promise. Small and medium enterprises in sectors such as agriculture, trade (formal & informal), tourism and culture will be supported through value addition, attraction of investors, sourcing of markets, availing affordable credit and ensuring business-friendly county rates.
On infrastructure, my governments will endeavor to identify and prioritize infrastructure projects to open and interconnect the county for economic prosperity. Through Public Private Partnerships, I intend to take advantage of the Public Private Partnerships model in financing projects in Machakos County. I will enhance Internet connectivity as an enabler of service delivery, digitized services at the county, job creation, trade and education through public private partnerships. My government will ensure that services are brought as close to citizens as possible through construction of sub-county offices to co-ordinate all devolved services at a level convenient to mwananchi.
My three Pillars are founded on the principles of integrity, transparency, efficiency and civic engagement. I am confident we will reclaim the lost glory of Machakos County. I humbly urge you all to accord me the opportunity to serve you. Through the power of God and your support we shall make it. God bless our country Kenya, God Bless our great County of Machakos.
Always at your service,
H.E HON. WAVINYA NDETI
MORE ABOUT MACHAKOS
Machakos County, was the first capital city of Kenya and is now an administrative county in Kenya. Machakos is made up of eight (8) constituencies including Machakos Town, Mavoko, Masinga, Yatta, Kangundo, Kathiani, Matungulu, and Mwala. Machakos Town is the administrative capital of the County.
Machakos County borders Nairobi and Kiambu counties to the West, Embu to the North, Kitui to the East, Makueni to the South, Kajiado to the South West, and Murang’a and Kirinyaga to the North West. Machakos County stretches from latitudes 0º 45’ South to 1º 31’ South and longitudes 36° 45’ East to 37° 45’ East. The county has an altitude of 1000 – 1600 meters above sea level.
It has a total population of 1,098,584 people, 264,500 households and covers an area of 6,208 SQ. KM. The population density is 177 persons per SQ. KM. The Akamba people are the dominant habitants of Machakos County.
The local climate is semi arid with a hilly terrain covering most parts of the county. The beautiful hilly scenery is perfect for tourist related activities such as camping, hiking safaris, ecotourism and cultural tourism, dance and music festivals among many more. A number of establishments ensure the region has a well rounded hospitality industry.
Subsistence agriculture is practiced with Maize and drought-resistant crops such as sorghum and millet being grown. However, the County also plays host to the open air market concept with major market days where large amounts of produce are traded. Fruits, vegetables and other food stuffs like maize and beans are sold in these markets.
The county has been selected as the home to the upcoming Konza Technology City due to its proximity to Nairobi, good infrastructure and availability of massive chunks of land. Machakos County, Nairobi’s Eastern neighbour, is home to important industrial and residential centers like Athi River and Mlolongo. Sadly, the developments do not extend to most parts of the huge county, but that is about to change when a planned technology city development is finalized. The Governor
Some of the strengths in the county are: