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Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua visits a manyatta during the close of the Maa Cultural Festival at Sekenani Gate, Maasai Mara, Narok County on August 24,2023.The DP said the event gave the Nation and the Continent an indelible identity through its distinct regalia intertwined with the unique culture, which the Maa People have preserved and sustained through generations. PHOTO/DPCS.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Thursday said the government has intensified development in the Maa Counties to improve the lives of the people.

Speaking when he presided over the closing of the Maa Cultural Festival at Sekenani Gate in Maasai Mara, Narok County, the DP said more development projects were being rolled out in Narok, Kajiado and Samburu Counties.

He pointed out the ongoing reforms in the dairy sector saying they will benefit livestock owners in the region.

“We will supply more coolers so the farmers can preserve the milk for a longer time and fetch better prices,” he said.

The DP also said a skins’ factory will be opened in the area for processing of the animal products.

More funds will also allocated for construction of roads and dams for the benefit the people, the DP added.

He also said a beads factory will also be constructed in Narok County to help locals refine and sell the products.

“We are asking the county to acquire 10 acres of land for the establishment of this facility,” the DP said.

During the ceremony the DP congratulated the Maa Community for preserving their culture saying they had raised the nation’s profile globally.

“We are proud of the Maa people because you have protected your culture and identity. We are respected globally because of your culture,” he stated.

He also said the directive by President William Ruto to revert management of Amboseli National Park to the Kajiado county government will be fully implemented.

The Deputy President said the President had heeded the pleas by leaders from the Maa Community and will ensure the Park is managed by the county as promised.

“It is the right decision. I will ensure that the directive is fully implemented. We will work with the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Wildlife, the Kajiado Governor and the community elders to implement it,” said Mr Gachagua.