Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama has urged the Ukambani county governments to ensure they give priority to the locals when awarding jobs tenders or contracts.

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Muthama said there would be job creation to the unemployed populace in Machakos, Makueni and Kitui counties if the locals are employed or awarded tenders.

He said these will enable the residents in Ukambani region to gain wealth while the counties equally benefit.

"I want the three Ukambani governors; Machakos, Kitui, and Makueni to give their people jobs in a bid to deal with unemployment and ensure the counties grow," Muthama said.

Muthama spoke during a burial ceremony at Sophia in Yatta, Machakos County on Saturday.

He urged governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) and Charity Ngilu (Kitui) to ensure that raw sewerage is not directed into River Athi.

Muthama noted that the river is polluted by raw sewerage from Nairobi County, thus making it unsuitable for locals to use.

"River Athi serves the three Ukambani counties, but it's in a bad condition. Raw sewerage from Nairobi has turned the waters murky and unsuitable for domestic use by our people, the governors should use their powers to ensure that pollution of this river is no more," he added.

He said the water would be suitable for domestic usage by the locals if the pollution is stopped.

"These governors should stop the pollution of River Athi, the water will then be safe for usage," Muthama said.