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Residents of Mumui location in Tigania West, Meru have petitioned the county government over marginalization of the area.

Several residents led by Inform Action, a human rights organisation trekked for about 20 kilometers to present the petition to Kianjai Ward MCA John Bundi.

While presenting the petition, Ms Juster Kambura, a resident said the area which borders Isiolo International airport has been sidelined in allocation of resources since independence.

She cited lack of clean drinking water, impassable roads, lack of drugs in the only dispensary and lack of title deeds for land owners.

“We have lived in Mumui since 1969. Yet, the roads are impassable and lack basic health care services. We have not been able to develop our land due to lack of title deeds. Women walk several kilometers to get water for domestic use. We demand the government to give us our rights,” Ms Kambura said.

They said the county government had never conducted any public participation in the area denying them a right to contribute to the budget making process.

While receiving the petition, the ward rep said he would push for allocation of more resources to marginalized parts of the county.

“The county government is allocating Sh20 million per ward for development but the sharing formula should be reviewed to take care of the marginalized areas. The county should adopt the formula used by the Commission for Revenue Allocation in sharing resources,” Mr Bundi said.

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