Oparanya urges leaders to stop politicizing development projects

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Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya defeated main rival Bonny Khalwale
Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya defeated main rival Bonny Khalwale
Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya has cautioned the leadership of Lugari Sub County against politicizing development projects. While addressing hundreds of residents at Lumakanda Township sports ground during a public participation forum on the construction of level 4 hospital in the area, Oparanya said it hurts to see leaders engage in premature divisive politics for their own benefits as majority of residents continue to suffer.

He regretted how the proposed site for modern hospital at Railway B village in Munyuki sub location of Lumakanda ward had elicited clashing views between leaders and divided residents into two factions thus stalling the construction work.

Whereas one faction supports the proposed site for the project at Railway B village, the other faction is fighting to have it at Lumakanda trading centre, which also serves as the Sub County headquarters with the two factions affiliated to different politicians.

“It is disgusting to see how the majority of our people suffer on a daily basis while individuals who are supposed to help improve their livelihoods keep politicking,” said Oparanya.

However, the governor said after a lengthy deliberation with health officials and other stakeholders from the Sub County had agreed the construction to resume at Railway B village as proposed earlier.

The county boss revealed that his government had already released a total of Sh.20milion towards the medical facility project, adding that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had also planned to allocate close to Sh.30milion for construction of a modern theater and
maternity wing in the Sub County.

He assured Lumakanda township residents that the current Sub County will continue serving them and there were plans to expand it.

Oparanya who was on a three-day development tour of the Sub County also commissioned construction of a modern market at Kipkaren in Chekalini ward.

The governor reiterated his government’s commitment in creating an enabling environment to all traders across the county to ensure they do their businesses 24 hours a day.

He revealed that the phase of the market will cost his government a total of Ksh. 42 million.
Oparanya also launched the construction of Mtua bridge to a tune of Ksh. 21M to ease connectivity.