To improve the prosperity of our citizens within the county by providing passable, proper road network and raise the standards of our people in terms of proper housing, availability of power and safe transport.
1. Mobilisation of resources and allocation of the same to the sector priorities in tandem with county roads work plan for easy accessibility.
2. Formulation and implementation of policies as per standard specifications in roads contruction and building.
3. Provide an enabling road network within the county.
4. Supply of electricity in the whole county by year 2017.
Achievements Lighting Projects
Governor Martin Wambora’s plans to transform Embu into a 24 hour economy has been realised after the county government installed floodlights in 39 townships spread in the region.
Embu was among the eight counties which were honoured with Governor’s Awards of Excellence in various sectors of development in 2015.
An interesting phenomenon lights up whenever there is a power blackout in Embu town and its environs in the evening thanks to devolution.
Unlike the nights of yesteryears when the town would be engulfed in darkness, the case is today different due to installation of solar powered streetlights that provide the much needed light in the midst of the blackout.
Erected on beautifully painted white metal poles and with solar panels at the top after the bulb, the hundreds of lights run along major streets and extend a distance of three kilometres from the town towards Runyenjes, Kirinyaga and Kiritiri.
The streetlights and floodlights were erected by the County Government at a cost of Ksh. 40 million.
Apart from their convenience to late night traders and the workers heading home in the evening, the streetlights have helped lower the county’s power bill.
The county pays a bill of Ksh. 1.5 million every month to Kenya Power and the amount would be higher if the streetlights were powered by the national grid.
Governor Wambora terms the project as “green energy technology” and says it will save the environment.
Embu stadium which is undergoing upgrading and a facelift will also harvest solar power when completed. The energy generated will be used to meet energy need for the stadium, Embu Level Five Hospital and streets lighting.
The county government and a German firm are negotiating a partnership that will see the county install solar panels at the top of terrace canopies at the stadium’s pavilion.
In partnership with investors, the county plans to establish a solar and wind plant in Machang’a.
Wambora has already signed a memorandum of understanding with Four Seasons United Energy of USA towards the generation of 100mw solar power and 40mw wind power at an estimated cost of Ksh. 26.6 billion at Machang’a.
Kariro Micro Hydropower project at Kirurumwe river is expected to produce 6500w and will serve 100 members representing 100 households.
Locals say the implementation of street lighting programme has reduced crime rate.
The county is also converting sodium lights to LED in Runyenjes and Embu Towns aiming to further reduce the overall electricity bill in the county and realize further savings for other projects.
Floodlights have been installed in the following areas: Mbuvori, Kibugu, Kathangariri, Kithimu, Manyatta, Kiriari, Karingari, Kimangaru, Kathageri, Kigumo, Kathanjuri, Karurumo, Ugweri, Ena, Kevote, Kianjokoma, Ishiara, Kanyuambora, Siakago, Mutuobare, Kiritiri, Makutano, Muraru, Ngiiri, Mutunduri, Gerish, Embu slaughter, Sunrise, Gatunduri, Iveche, Karurina, Mbui Njeru, Kanja, Nduuri, Kathande, Mugui, Mukuuri, Miandari and Embu-Nairobi bus terminus.
Motorable roads are a prerequisite to fast tracking development. Bearing this in Mind, Governor Wambora has embarked on an ambitious plan to tarmac 100km of roads by 2017 using modern cost-cutting technology. The county government has started with the 12.2km Embu-Kibugu road which is under construction using Malaysian probase technology. The county has rehabilitated tens of county roads and bridges in all wards in the county.
The county has added two more graders to the other four purchased in 2014 at a cost of Ksh. 100 million in a bid to enhance rural roads grading and rehabilitation.
In 2016/2017 financial year, the county government plans to raise its performance by accelerating up-grading of roads to tarmacking standards.