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Overview for the Economic and Investment Zones
Overview for the Economic and Investment Zones One of the key objectives of devolution is to promote economic and social development and the provision of, easily accessible and efficient services in all the Counties. In order to reap the benefits accruing from devolution, the County of Kitui made a strategic decision to develop a long-term development blue print, “Kitui Vision for Economic and Social Transformation” aimed at guiding the economic and social development of Kitui County for the period 2015 to 2025. In December 2013, a team appointed by the County Executive was tasked with the responsibility of establishing economic and investment zones in Kitui County to shape economic growth of the County. The task force came up with a proposal on establishment of economic and investment zones. To consolidate and strengthen this proposal, the Taskforce undertook comparative studies which further informed and refined the concept of the economic and investment zones to attract investment to the County. The County 16 Government endorsed the proposal and the 6 (six) economic and investment zones, which form the basis for planning and identification of broad sector priorities on which this vision is built upon were adopted. The six economic zones are established to leverage on the comparative advantage and inherent development potential of each of them with a view of contributing to planned transformation agenda through attracting industrial investment and business ventures, maximizing resource utilization, creating employment opportunities, wealth creation and enhancing the quality of life in a clean and safe environment
The Kyuso-Tseikuru-Mumoni zone covers the areas of Ngomeni, Kyuso, Mumoni, Tseikuru and Tharaka wards. The economic and natural endowments include; River Tana for irrigation based farming, its resource rich nature with limestone, expansive land mass for potential livestock management, Mwingi National Reserve for tourism and proximity to LAPSSET corridor. The zone will be transformed into an extensive agricultural zone. The County Government, working with all the stakeholders will seek to facilitate development of infrastructure, energy, science technology and innovation, deepen land reforms and management, strengthen cooperatives, human resource management, improve security and rule of law and undertake policy, legal and institutional reforms to spur growth.
The Mui Basin zone covers the areas of Nguni, Kivou, Mui, Nuu, Mutitu/ Kaliku, Endau/ Malalani, Zombe/ Mwitika as well as Voo/ Kyamatu County Wards. The area is endowed with huge natural resources in form of commercially viable reserves, resource rich with precious stones and sand, expansive land mass away from city centers with potential for commercial ranching, readily available labour for coal industry, and availability of construction raw materials. Mui Basin will be transformed into an extensive industrial and mining zone. The County Government in partnership with key stakeholders will seek to improve infrastructure, land reforms and management, promote science technology and innovation, strengthen human resource management, enhance natural resource exploitation and management and undertake policy, legal and institutional reforms for positive growth. This zone is expected to spur economic growth across the County by leveraging on the coal resources to attract energy intensive industry, create employment opportunities, encourage direct investment, revitalize infrastructure and ultimately drive the County’s social agenda.
The areas covered by this zone include; Mwingi Central, Waita, Migwani, Kyome/Thaana, Nguutani and Kiomo/Kyethani. The economic endowment for this zone include; proximity to LAPSSET along Garissa-Mwingi-Thika highway, agricultural products for value addition, and wide coverage of power connections (electricity). Mwingi and its environs will be transformed into an extensive industrial zone. The County Government in collaboration with all stakeholders will seek to improve infrastructure, strengthen cooperatives, human resource management,deepenland reforms and management and undertake policy, legal and institutional reforms with an aim of spurring economic growth. The County will work towards operationalizing the 24-hour economy system in Mwingi Town.
This zone includes Kitui Township, Mulango, Kyangwithya East, Kyangwithya West, Nzambani, Chuluni, Kisasi, Mbitini, Miambani, Matinyani, Mutonguni, Kauwi and Kwa Mutonga/Kithumula County Wards. The economic endowments for this zone include; administrative hub, tourism potential, existing urban infrastructure, inter-connectivity 17 to Northern corridor, key beneficiary of industrial growth, and on the ground presence of financial service providers. Kitui and its environs will be transformed into a thriving mid-sized, well planned world class urban centre. The County Government will seek to improve infrastructure, strengthen human resource management, promote science technology and innovation, strengthen cooperatives, land reforms and management and undertake policy, legal and institutional reforms for economic and social transformation.
The areas covered are Kanyangi and Yatta/ Kwa Vonza County Wards. The economic endowment of this zone include; clustering of universities, strategic location of junction of Embu/ Isiolo Machakos Mwingi/ Garissa, huge tracts of land for solar energy development, ballast potential in the Yatta plateau, market hub for wholesale produce, honey production, and availability of building construction raw materials. This zone will ultimately be transformed into a dynamic education hub. The County Government will seek to improve infrastructure, land reforms and management, strengthen human resource management, promote science technology and innovation and undertake policy, legal and institutional reforms as well as offer incentives to private investors with an aim of encouraging investment
The Mutomo- Ikutha-Kanziko zone covers the areas of Ikanga/Kyatune, Mutomo, Ikutha, Kanziko, Mutha, Athi County Wards. The area is home to the “Limestone Belt” and is well endowed with natural resources in form of minerals such as limestone and iron ore, Tsavo East national park, and potential for livestock development. The zone will contribute to the County’s growth strategy in the crucial sectors of mining, tourism and agriculture. The zone will be transformed into an extensive mining zone. The County Government will seek to improve infrastructure, ensure political goodwill, enhance peace, and promote inter-County trade and other interventions to encourage investments.