Kitui governor Charity Ngilu has threaten stern punitive action against county staff wont on siphoning fuel from road work machinery.
“If you are faced with the temptation to bleed fuel from a machinery you are entittle to please resist as much as you can because the repercussion are dire,” said Ngilu.
The governor was speaking at the Kitui Stadium on Monday when she launched a programme by her government to grade  1200  kilometers of roads a cross the county.She said stealing of public resources will not be condoned.
Ngilu flagged 20 county road grading equipment that include graders, caterpillars, backhoe Loaders , tippers and service vans. She said it was regrettable that the machinery had laid idle as roads in Kitui remained impassable causing serious transport challenge to the residents.
“Just like I fount disused but serviceable mobile clinic that were lying idle in yards when I took over as governor, all these road work machinery lay idle as well. Our people will now benefit from their availability because most of the roads will now be made motor-able,” said Ngilu.
The county executive for lands and infrastructure Jacob Kakundi said that the grading to be undertaken by the county graders will be  of top notch standard. “There is no room for doing shoddy jobs. Our staff have instructions to ensure that the kind of road to be done if the highest standard.
“We have made  a deliberate decision to use county resources as a cost saving measure. This effort will cost us Sh 10 million instead of using close to Sh 50m for every kilometer of road if we had we outsourced the service,” said Kakundi.
He said all the 40 Wards will have their roads graded at the end of the programme. He added that it is part of the county annual roads work plan.