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Ndara B Chairman Reviews Kshs 128 Billion Diaspora University Town 5 Year Development Budget

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Ndara B Community Chairman, Benjamin Mwandaa Ndara B Community Chairman, Benjamin Mwandaa

Ndara B Community Chairman, Benjamin Mwandaa, who is also a Diaspora University Trustee reviewed the Diaspora University Town – Master Development Plan 5 year development budget (2019 – 2023) of Kshs 128 billion. The Chairman said, “I’m happy we have this document, and the work down so far. I can’t wait to have this budget achieved so 20,000 young men and women can get jobs and live better.”

The Chairman was informed that the 2019 – 2023 budget is set-up to make time productive in the 60 months, as it puts to work 20,000 persons. The budget is set to make 100 million hours productive at a total value of about Kshs 40 billion. The budget will also purchase about 500 million pieces of material to be applied in the construction; as well as, the purchase or lease of equipment and vehicles. The other Kshs 28 billion used in purchase of equipment, supplies and technologies to be used in the University and starting of new industries. 

Ndara B Community Chairman when introduced to the project would lead his Community to become co-founders of the project through the Ndara B land grant. Today his Community that is settled at the lowlands of the Sagalla Hills in Taita Taveta is the first community to partner in planning the use of their land resources as envisioned by Kenya Constitution article 60. (1) “Land in Kenya shall be held, used and managed in a manner that is equitable, efficient, productive and sustainable.” 

Benjamin Mwandaa has progressively learnt how the plan was started and how the Master Development Plan (MDP) resulted. He thanks the Diaspora and WPI University for the work done. He fully understands that as the population increases, it is the duty of those who are adults to think and come up with plans that benefit those growing up.

Taita Taveta County today has about 90,000 persons who don’t have a job that enables one meet their constitutional rights and start a family in a good house and environment. The plan and budget will not only give 20,000 persons jobs; but will also meet their constitutional rights in article 43. (1) Every person has the right— (a) to the highest attainable standard of health, which includes the right to health care services, including reproductive health care; (b) to accessible and adequate housing, and to reasonable standards of sanitation; (c) to be free from hunger, and to have adequate food of acceptable quality; (d) to clean and safe water in adequate quantities; (e) to social security; and (f) to education. (2) A person shall not be denied emergency medical treatment.  

As the Chairman reviews the budget he spends some time on the Medical Hospital plan development budget. The budget has the construction of about 100,000 square meters of medical space at a budget of Kshs 2.8 billion. The non-profit hospital has a Kshs 8 billion, 5 year, revenue and expense operational budget. The budget will finance doctors, nurses and all hospital operations so the highest standard and emergency medical treatment can be met. The Chairman says he loves this plan for when persons grow older their need for healthcare increases. He says having a hospital close by that can meet these needs is good for all of us as we live our years past 50 onward.  

The Chairman is also shown a comparative analysis of University of Michigan in Ann Abhor, MI that employs about 30,000 persons of whom about 12,000 work in the University Medical Center. He is also shown the Duke University who’s academic and hospital systems employ over 35,000 persons to meet the education and healthcare needs. 

The chairman says, “Our community is ready to progress this plan and budget. We will ensure there are no more distractions that waste time and resources. We shall no longer allow those with jobs making income to deny others from getting jobs and income.”  

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