The Makueni County Vision 2025 provides the platform for wealth creation and socio-economic transformation in Makueni County by the year 2025. The County's vision statement is "A prosperous value based County with high quality of life” while the mission statement is “to transform the livelihoods of each household through accountable leadership that creates an enabling environment for inclusive, effective and efficient service delivery"
The Vision is anchored on the Kenya Vision 2030 and is also in line with Africa Union's Agenda 2063 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Its development was based on realities and lessons learnt from the implementation of the Makueni County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP 2013-17). The Vision provides a platform for a long term development plan which transcends political regimes. It aims at transforming Makueni into a prosperous county with a high quality of life by 2025.
Addressed in this Vision are socio-economic development challenges that have bedeviled the county since independence leading to high levels of poverty and inequality. This is manifested by lack of access to quality drinking water, low agricultural productivity, low transition rates from primary to secondary school, inadequate school infrastructure, poor access to quality health care, dilapidated road-transport infrastructure, high unemployment rates and inadequate recreational facilities. The Vision recognizes environmental degradation, climate change and food security as emerging challenges whose mitigation will require multi-sectoral strategies.
The county is water scarce and the average distance to the nearest water point is estimated at eight kilometers. This is attributed to periodic cyclical droughts and shrinking water sources caused by encroachment on watersheds, degradation of water towers and uncontrolled sand harvesting. Other causes include limited resource allocation for water development, inadequate institutional capacity and limited awareness on water harvesting and management among the populace. The proportion of the population with access to improved sources of water is 35.7 per cent. Other challenges in this sector include environmental degradation, riverbank and water catchment destruction and reduced vegetation cover.
The challenges in the agricultural sector addressed by the vision include: low agricultural productivity, high post-harvest loses, poor market access and infrastructure, low value addition, inadequate irrigation facilities, livestock diseases and pests, inadequate spatial planning and low coverage of tittle deeds, poor road infrastructure and undeveloped financial systems. Within the health sector the main challenges addressed include low staffing, access to primary health care, communicable diseases including HIV/AIDS, health infrastructure and financing. The energy, infrastructure and ICT sectors will address challenges related to poor roads infrastructure, low electricity coverage and low green energy production.
The delivery of the Vision is based on eight key foundational principles. These are: expansion of revenue base and fiscal discipline; good governance and planning; sustainable infrastructural development; energy generation and distribution; research and development; science; technology and innovation; sustainable land use; management and security; expanding water harvesting and storage for domestic and irrigation and efficient public service and development
The Vision identifies environment, natural resource management and climate change adaptation as critical emerging issues that will be mainstreamed in the implementation. The Vision is anchored on three main pillars namely economic affairs, social amenities and services and political and governance. Each pillar identifies specific flagship projects and programmers that will be implemented within a period of ten years. The economic pillar aims at improving the household income. The social amenities and services pillar aims at creating a just, all• inclusive and cohesive society enjoying equitable social development in a clean and secure environment while the political and governance pillar aims at ensuring a people-cent red and accountable government.
To achieve the identified flagships and programmers the Vision identifies key policy reforms necessary to accelerate development. These will include:-
- Review the design and service delivery structures
- Reform policies aimed at increasing agricultural productivity, land reforms and urban development
- Policy reforms aimed at accelerating generation and distribution of green energy
- ICT master plan and policy to drive economic development through ICT innovations and development
- Policy reforms aimed at accelerating commerce and industrial growth
- Health services provision policy to deliver quality health care
- Water, environmental conservation and climate change mitigation policies
- Social protection, disability and development mainstreaming policy
The Vision's interventions will be implemented through the five-year County Integrated Development Plans (CIDP) and their corresponding Annual Development Plans (ADP). The Vision shall be financed by the state, non-state actors, development partners and the private sector through public-private partnership frameworks. Each party will have a distinct role to play in the implementation.
A Vision Delivery Unit shall be established to enable effective coordination of the delivery of the Vision and ensure adequate linkage between subsequent short term planning and budgeting with the Vision. The unit shall also be responsible for tracking the implementation of the identified flagship projects and programmes.