Operations at the Mai Mahiu industrial park in Naivasha have received a major boost after the completion of the water pipeline to the facility.
This comes in the wake of heated debate on operations of the industrial park which has attracted interest from local and international investors.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the water had been sourced from River Malewa and would serve Naivasha, Longonot and Mai Mahiu residents.
Speaking in Mai Mahiu, Kinyanjui said residents had suffered due to high levels of fluoride.
“The pipeline to the industrial park is ready and this water will also serve residents who border it as part of the government’s plan to address water challenges,” he said on Tuesday.
He said the water would be used in the newly constructed Sh100 million Mai Mahiu outpatient wing which was being equipped at Sh150 million.
While praising the special economic zone, Kinyanjui said Mai Mahiu would be one of the fastest growing towns after it was turned into a logistics hub.
“Some people have threatened to relocate services of this dry port to Mombasa and the only way of stopping this is by voting them out,” he said.
Kinyanjui who is defending his seat on the Jubilee ticket said plans were underway to expand the Mai Mahiu-Limuru Road which recorded daily traffic jams.
He said the Rironi-Mau Summit expressway and the Mai Mahiu Road would offer job and business opportunities to residents.
“We have agreed with the national government that all sand to be used on these two roads plus manpower will be sourced from this area,” he said.
Former Industrialisation CAS Lawrence Karanja defended the location of the dry port terminal terming it a game changer.
Karanja who is seeking the senator seat through the Jubilee ticket said it had taken a lot of lobbying and funds to have the port in Mai Mahiu.
“We should reject any plans or proposals to relocate services of this dry port as it is critical in job opportunities,” he said.
Mai Mahiu MCA Stephen Ng’ethe lauded the county for acquiring land for the cemetery which was a major challenge in the town.
“For years we have been forced to take bodies of our relatives to Longonot or Gilgil but the 21 acres acquired by the county will solve this,” he said.