Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong wants President Uhuru Kenyatta and the national government to intervene and to help solve the flooding menace in Samia Sub County caused by a project initiated by his government.
The National Irrigation Board project that has stalled due to a contractor’s laxity has led to families being rendered homeless while others have incurred losses worth thousands of shillings.
The Governor spoke at Luchululu village in Nangina Ward where he went to assess the damage caused by flooding occasioned by an incomplete NIB project.
“I will petition the National Government to have the projects which NIB started in Samia, Matayos and Nambale sub counties completed. The project is becoming a white elephant. The flooding in Samia which has rendered several families homeless calls for immediate action to end the menace, thus the need to send engineers to find a lasting solution to the flooding,” he said.
The Governor said he will send the Disaster Management team to assess the damage caused by floods which have destroyed farms and their produce.
He called on MPs from the county to lobby the national government to allocate funds to complete stalled irrigation projects in the county instead of only fighting governors.
Ojaamong told Busia legislators to emulate their Mwea counterparts who lobbied the national government to have rice farmers in the area receive Sh300m to boost rice production.
Nangina Ward MCA John Obwogo regretted that the NIB project has stalled for over 10 years, adding that farmers who were affected by the project have not been compensated.
“We want Eng. Barasa who was NIB Managing Director to solve the plight of my residents before he comes to the area to search for votes,” he said.
A victim, Norah Okida, said she has been a farmer for 40 years but at no time had she witnessed such torrential rains. She appealed to the County Government to help them continue with their farming activities.
“We have signed tenders to supply vegetables to schools. With the crops now destroyed we are left in a hopeless situation,” she said.
Edwin Ojiambo blamed the flooding menace on contractors for the shoddy job and appealed to the national government to replace the contractor.