Kilifi governor Amason Kingi has tasked the newly formed Malindi and Kilifi municipality boards of management with reclaiming the lost glory of the two towns.
Speaking after the swearing in of the 18 member boards in Kilifi on Wednesday, Kingi said garbage and non-functional street lights in the two towns have greatly affected their vibrancy.
Kingi said the two towns have lost their luster due to the filthy that can be seen all over the towns.
“Kilifi and Malindi towns were once very vibrant and attracted many tourists. Currently they are almost ghost towns especially at night. The conferment of the municipal status for Malindi and Kilifi will go a long way in ensuring we improve service delivery to the public in our major towns by addressing major concerns including infrastructure, street lighting, proper drainage, drug and substance abuse among our youths and waste management,” said Kingi.
The two towns were upgraded to municipalities in accordance with the Urban Areas and Cities Act 2011.
“We reiterate our commitment to offering a conducive environment for these boards especially in capacity building to enable them work effectively and efficiently. We are also making robust plans to ensure we upgrade towns like Mtwapa and Mariakani to Municipalities,” added Kingi
Malindi municipality will be headed by Silas Ngundo while Kilifi will be headed by Elias Chipa as managers.
The governor also said plans are underway to constitute village administrators and village councils to spearhead development in the grassroots.