About Us      ICT Centers      Contacts      Staff      Blog      Webmail      Events & Functions      Survey      Facts or Myths Exchange Rate  


Perspective of the World from Western Kenya
The West Is Rising...
  Home      Programmes      Classified Ads      Downloads      Top Stories      Music Downloads      Photo Gallery     
  |    |    |  
    Search:  
Sponsored Tweets
Are you a Kenyan living in the USA or UK, listen to West Fm free via your phone. Dial US: 213 493 0195 UK: 020 3519 3770  |  we appreciate sharing of information, we do not condone plagiarism of our work.  |  
Kenya Commercial Bank Ltd. 42.00 |-0.59%  |  Safaricom Ltd. 6.50|-0.76%  |  Uchumi Supermarket 22.00|1.15%  |  Mumias Sugar Company Ltd. 4.95|-1.00%  |   EA Portland Cement 56.00|-1.75%  |   EA Cables 16.75|-2.05%  |   EA Breweries 304.00| 0.66%  |  Diamond Trust Bank 154.00|0.65%  |  Crown Berger 55.00|0.00%  |   Cooperative Bank 16.95|-0.29%  |  CMC Holdings 13.50|0.00%  |   City Trust 448.00|0.00%  |   CFC Stanbic 64.00|0.00%  |   Centum Investment 21.25|-1.16%  |   Carbacid Investments 130.00 | -4.41%  |   AccessKenya Group 8.80|1.73%  |  
ON FACEBOOK
MKANYAGANO - 10TH TO 11TH MAR 2012 ONE.

More Podcasts

WEST FM EDITORIAL
Mumias must be re-engineered to serve the Counties that supply it with raw materials
Mpeketoni massacre, a direct consequence of the cover ups committed during and after the Westgate terror attack
County governments and national government state officers prepare to render budgetary utilization statements for the ending financial year 2013-2014
PICK OF THE WEEK
PUSETU determined to replace COTU at the NSSF board of trustees
OPINION & EDITORIAL
Is CORD dreaming over devolving the security sector?
Schools construction should be done by counties –Kachapin
Impeachment not the best punishment for county officers, says Khaniri
PICK OF THE DAY
Education officer blames Parents for early pregnancies
West Media’s Administrator and Reporter graduate
SPORTS NEWS
Kakamega and Malava shine in the Nzoia regional secondary schools tournament
Regional secondary school ball games kicks off in Nandi
Kakamega, Amukura and Chesamisi boys shine in secondary schools ball games
LIFESTYLE
Sex education a must for children
Parents are the cause of early pregnancies among school girls
Woman boda boda rider earns Sh. 30,000 per month in Trans Nzoia
WESTERN AND NORTH RIFT FACTS
Wako endorses Wabukala to lead talks between government and CORD
We support national dialogue - Wabukala
Shock as ADC workers are fed on rejects and carcasses
Program Line Up
Monday 28 July 2014
05:00 - 09:00 Amka na West FM
05:55 - 06:00 WEATHER FORECAST
06:00 - 06:30 AMKA NA B.B.C
06:30 - 06:45 TAHARIRI
06:45 - 07:00 UCHAMBUZI WA MAGAZETI
07:00 - 07:10 NEWS BULLETIN
07:10 - 07:15 HUDUMA NA MAADILI
09:00 - 09:15 B.B.C NEWS BRIEFS
09:15 - 11:00 SWALA NYETI
10:00 - 10:15 NEWS BRIEFS
10:15 - 10:20 BUSINESS NEWS
11:00 - 01:00 KATA JASHO
11:00 - 11:05 B.B.C NEWS BRIEFS
11:30 - 11:35 SPORTS NEWS
Full Program Line Up



The elected leadership of Western Province and North Rift are squarely to blame for the suffering being caused to the people of the region by the raging floods ravaging the region

Written by West Fm
2011-12-06 16:09:00
Read 1232 Times
Bookmark and Share

The heavy rains that have been experienced in Kenya since late October 2011 have demonstrated the vulnerability that Kenya and Western province and North Rift are to Mother Nature.

It is a tragedy that the world bank funded Western Kenya Community Driven Development and Flood Mitigation Project that was launched in 2007 with much fan fare by president Kibaki to address once and for all the perennial threats of floods to western province and north rift got bogged down in the corruption web in 2009 and has remained in limbo since then.

West fm notes that the elected leadership of western province and north rift has shown least interest and determination since 2009 to have the then 10 billion shillings world bank funded Western Kenya Community Driven Development and Flood Mitigation Project put back on track to address the floods menace now traumatizing residents of the region from River Sabwami in kwanza through Bungoma, Kakamega and Busia counties.

The floods affect the most vulnerable of people of the region and in one swoop they destroy kill and damage crops, people, homes, livestock, granaries and all the earthly belongings of the residents.  And as the residents suffer, loose all their property the elected leadership, the mps, the ministers, the councilors issue empty platitudes of empathy, sorry over the weekends and jump into their four wheel guzzlers to the city or to their local comfortable homes away from the ravages of floods.

West fm appeals to the Kenya Red Cross, the churches, the Muslim faithful and all other well wishers to come forward and give assistance to those now displaced by the raging floods  unleashed by the torrential rains.  And the government the local authorities and the constituency development funds committees must move speedily to give humanitarian help to all affected by the floods and put in place measures to prevent the outbreak of water borne diseases.

West fm states that at the end of the day this floods must awaken western province and north rift to purposefully and once and for all address the challenges of mother nature throws at the region and convert them into opportunities to harness the waters so as to use it to generate electricity and also convert it into clean safe drinking water and for irrigation during the spells of the year when there are no rains.

The challenge is that western province and north rift must own and take charge of its destiny and seize the opportunities presented by the 10 billion shillings world bank funded Western Kenya community driven development and flood mitigation project and the 9 billion shillings government Nzoia dam proposed for construction at the Lugari-Kimilli constituencies intersection as those projects if well implemented have the potential of unleashing a massive socio-economic transformation of the region into one where mother nature is used to nourish its people rather than be a curse that brings suffering and destruction.

West fm challenges the electorate of western province and north rift in assessing and determining who to elect into leadership in 2012 to ask the question - are those seeking elective office capable of taming Mother Nature like the current floods and harnessing the same for the economic takeoff of the region?

The mayhem the floods are causing to western province and north rift are a sad reminder that 48 years after independence the successive elective leadership of the region have miserably failed to put in place appropriate measures to protect its people from being helpless victims of the wrath of Mother Nature.  And nobody from outside Western Province and North Rift will ever change the destiny of the region.  Change that propels a society forward is invariably disruptive, cataclysmic and the people of the region must be prepared and ready to embrace change however disruptive, unfamiliar if they have to move to new heights beyond subsistence agriculture.  

Western province and North Rift must jettison cowardly and parasitic leaders who crave to keep its people in the chains of a status quo that celebrates poverty, hopelessness, unemployment, fear of progress and risk taking and install a new crop of courageous, selfless, transformative, visionary leaders prepared to take charge of radical socio-economic change that will lift the people of the region into a modern economy that delivers employment, wealth creation, prosperity, hope and happiness.

The perpetual torment of floods in the region is not an act of god but a testimony of failed leadership.

WEST FM EDITORILA©2011

 

Related: 

 

Switch to Our Mobile Site



Other Related Stories
Mumias must be re-engineered to serve the Counties that supply it with raw materials
Mpeketoni massacre, a direct consequence of the cover ups committed during and after the Westgate terror attack
County governments and national government state officers prepare to render budgetary utilization statements for the ending financial year 2013-2014
County Assemblies must not let themselves become rubber stamps for the county executive governments
Cowardly murders most foul that cry for justice
Mumias Sugar Company is the heart beat of western Kenya economy and it must not be permitted to sink into collapse
Beware, Bungoma Education taskforce is not scapegoat
Case for emergency intervention in primary schools that are unacceptably ill equipped for learning in the 21st century
Corrupt and gluttonous elected leaders and public servants will bankrupt Kenyans and counties
Buy the Weekly Western Chronicle to understand how the counties of Western performed in the 2013 KCSE.
The county government of Bungoma and the MP for Kimilili constituency address the Matili technical institute electric power and enrollment challenges
What social contract for the people of Western
Politicians its payback time to the youths
The best 2013 KCPE Students of Western Province and Trans Nzoia County and the National Schools they are joining.
County governments must comply with the constitution of 2010 as they discharge their mandates
The final call for those who suffered during the Kenyan emergency between 20/10/1952 and 12/12/1963
Why the counties of Nairobi and Mombasa are inequitably enjoying national benefits that the other 45 counties can’t get?
If ignorance of the law is no excuse, who between the executive and the legislatures must be held accountable so that the confetti of laws being passed in Kenya are implemented?
The objects of devolution in the constitution of Kenya 2010 must remain the guiding principles to those entrusted to implement devolution through devolved governments at the county level and the senate
Where then must the business of politics be transacted in Western Kenya?




LATEST NEWS
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 037 showing how the whistle blower was ignored
The weekly western chronicle issue no: 36 focusing on the calls for referendum
The Weekly Western Chronicle issue no:035 showing how Uhuru is soliciting Western support with goodies
BUSINESS NEWS
Digital revenue collection system launched in Nairobi
Bungoma county government urged to build public toilets at Chwele market
Bungoma County to get funding from Spain
COUNTY REGIONAL NEWS
NGO gives bursary to132 orphans in Lugari
55 year old man killed by his son in Emuhaya
Two business operators shot dead in a bloody incident in Hamisi
FUNNY BUT TRUE
A suspected thief escapes lynching narrowly after eating grass in Lugari
Bodaboda operators storm Catholic Church and run away with a corpse
A senior Bishop arrested for allegedly raping his daughter-in-law in Lugari
ENVIRONMENT
Mayanja MCA spearheads efforts to save River Mayanja
Over 2.5 million tree seedlings to be planted in Lugari
Scouts to plant 50 million trees in the country
MUSIC SPOTLIGHT
Music festivals kick off at St Luke’s Kimilili Boys high school
A Rift Valley based vernacular musician emerges as the highly paid
A class 8 pupil urges parents to nurture talents of their children

WEST DATA - WEATHER
Kapsabet H30° L17°

Nairobi H 26° L13°

Mombasa H34° L25°

Busia H30° L15°

Kitale H25° L11°

Vihiga H30° L17°

Webuye H30° L17°

Kapenguria H27° L13°

Kakamega H30° L17°

Kisumu H30° L17°

Lodwar H33° L26°

Eldoret H25° L11°

Bungoma H30° L17°


West FM Survey


Username:
Password:


More Videos


© Copyright 2014. WestFM. All Rights Reserved.