Ahead of Uhuru’s visit to Kitui County slated for the end of the month, Kitui Senator Enoch Kiio Wambua says that the president should not visit Kicotec.
Addressing the press, Senator Kiio who has been at loggerheads with the county Governor Charity Ngilu said that the president was supposed to launch new projects as well as revive stalled projects in the county from the national government. KICOTEC is a county Government of Kitui project.
“There is been talks concerning the opening of Kicotec by the president, but my people you know my stand on matters Kicotec. As for me, I said that Kicotec is a project to steal money from the people the owners of kicotec are not known, and it’s a county project. As for the president, he should launch national government and commission new projects,” he said.
The vibrant senator said that the textile company was not well known if it belonged to the county or individuals and alleged that it had duped so many youths who resigned from their jobs in EPZ to be employed in the company that he alleged does not pay them.
“Some of our youths have left well-paying jobs in EPZ knowing they will be paid in Kicotec only for them to go without pay,” he added
In November 2020, KICOTEC staff went on strike demanding 2 months salary a pointer that things were not good at the Kitui based firm.
During his visit to Konza city, the president lauded Ngilu for the Kicotec project saying it had employed a lot of young people and was making chiefs for provincial administration. He promised to visit it during his next tour where he will also be expected to open the Kibwezi-Kitui road.
In April, Kitui County MCAs ordered a forensic audit done on KICOTEC. This is after the firm recorded a 39.5 million loss despite the good business enjoyed last year where they made Covid-19 PPEs, police, and chief’s uniforms.
In April 2020, KICOTEC was granted approval by the Government to make masks to aid in fighting the spread of COVID-19. At that time, masks were in high demand and it was seen as an opportunity for the Kitui based firm to make good profits.