Why Machakos

Security

The vision on security is a “society free from danger and fear”, this is because security is vital in achieving and sustaining economic growth. It provides an enabling environment for individuals and business to thrive; hence a key incentive for attracting investments both from within and outside the county. The Machakos County government has put in place high security measures to ensure the county is a crime free zone. Some of these interventions include:

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Competitive Environment

Machakos has a competitive edge over most counties. This is because of and not limited to:

Investor-friendly Environment

Given that Kenya is a market economy, Machakos County has strategic linkages with key players in the private sector to help foster lucrative business relations as well as voicing private-sector concerns. These include The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) and The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM).

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Qualified and Innovative Workforce

Kenya has a population of about 40.5 million people of which 47.5 percent constitute the working population. With a literacy level of 82.3%, 998 primary schools, 346 secondary schools and over 30 post-secondary institutions, Machakos County assures its investors of a sufficient pool of skilled labor and highly trained professionals to drive business in the County.

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Quality Infrastructure

Roads

All of the urban centers and industrial zones within the county are accessible by road. This guarantees easy inter-county connectivity to facilitate trade with access to local and international markets. In 2012, 1.8% of the roads in Machakos County were tarmacked and paved. The County Government has since prioritized road infrastructure projects by setting aside KES.1.6 Billion (about 18.8 million dollars) in the 2013/2014 county budget for roads construction and maintenance to ensure accessibility to all to county facilities such as hospitals, schools, food basket areas, quarries and mines.

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Strategic Location

Machakos County is strategically located 30 minutes from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, a regional gateway that connects Kenya to the regional and global markets. Machakos is also located along the Mombasa – Kampala highway. This strategic location, when compared to other food-basket areas in Kenya, positions the county as easily accessible by both road and air transport to facilitate hustle-free imports and exports. 

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Quality of Life

Access To Water

The County Government launched a comprehensive infrastructure programme aimed at improving the lives of Machokos residents. Under its water infrastructure programme, the county government of Machakos is drilling over 800 boreholes, 820 dams & pans, water raised tanks for treated water for all 896 villages to ensure water security. This will see a significant improvement from the current access to quality water in the county estimated at 30%.

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