Written by Protus Simiyu
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The Assistant Lands Minister Wakoli Bifwoli and the Trades Minister Moses Wetangula at Nakhwana Secondary School in Bumala Constituency where they donated 75 bags of cement for the completion of classrooms. [PHOTO | Protus Simiyu]
Trade Minister Moses Wetangula has urged political leaders in the country to desist from divisive politics instead embark on fostering unity among communities ahead of the forth coming general elections.
The Trade Minister who is also the legislator for Sirisia constituency said under the new constitutional dispensation, Kenyans should entertain leaders who insult their political rivals at public rallies including funerals.
“Let the aspirants for respective elective posts in the country tell Kenyans their development agenda and manifesto as opposed to insulting their opponents, this is what we need as a country in order to move forward,’’ Wetangula charged.
He disclosed that as Western leaders they are being engaged into talks to ensure the region is united ahead of the much hyped general elections.
“No single leader can make it while working in isolation, we have to come together and ensure the Luhya community right from Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega and Vihiga counties speak with one voice, as leaders we must seat down and talk so that we can realize the political ambition of the region to clinch the top seat in the country,’’ he said.
On county politics, the trade minister said leaders in the county should unite and look for an able governor who has the ability and qualification to manage the resources in the region.
"We can mess with other elective posts but if we are going elect a corrupt governor then Bungoma county will not register any meaningful development despite billions of money that will be allocated, Since CDF was established 8 years ago, it has done wonders in all the constituencies and the total amount so far is bellow a billion, being the third largest county we are entitled to receive Sh. 7 Billion per year, it is up to the electorate to ensure the money is under a good governor,’’ he warned.
He appealed to the residents of Bungoma County to embrace education saying Kibabii University at completion, will be bigger than Nzoia Sugar Company in terms of income generation to the county government.
“The university will be two-way, knowledge and commerce, it’s up to the people of Bungoma to invest and ensure the money is retained in the county,’’ he urged.
Wetangula noted that as leaders they have agreed to move Kibabii Diploma Teachers Collage to Bumula constituency while being optimistic that within five years the college will be a constituent college of Kibabii University.
On his part the Lands Assistant Minister Bifwoli Wakoli said already they have purchased 50 acres of land in Myanga within Bumula District for the construction of the Teachers Training College.
“This is not a Bumula project, it is for the whole county because we agreed as leaders that all the six constituencies should give Sh. 4M each through the CDF Kitty towards the project, already we have paid a half of the total amount,’’ he disclosed.
Further, Wakoli said the Bumula CDF has allocated Sh. 6.4M for the construction of a Medical Training College (MTC) in Kabula location saying they have already identified government land amounting to 29 acres.
In addition, to promote technical education in Bungoma County, the Bumula Mp said already CDF has purchased 15 acres piece of land to put up a Technical Training Institute in Musakasa within Kimaeti location.
At completion, Mr. Wakoli said Bungoma County will have three TTI institutions- Matili in Kimilili, Kisiwa in Sirisia and Musakasa in Bumula districts all respectively.
He said progress in Bungoma County will entirely depend on the availability of skilled manpower in the technical field while appealing to parents to make use of the available institutions to educate their children.
Wakoli who is also the roads chairperson in Bungoma County urged all MPs in the six constituencies to appoint independent evaluation committees to evaluate all roads within their areas before the contractors are paid.
“This will ensure that contractors doing shoddy work are not entertained because this is public money and it must be properly utilized, he said’’.
He disclosed that all the six constituencies have received Sh. 21M each this year to construct roads while asserting that he will use his mandate as the chairman of roads to make sure contractors perform recommendable work before they are paid.
The two leaders were speaking in Nakhwana Secondary School in Bumula constituency while accompanied by the Bungoma County Council chairman Cllr. Meshack Museveni among other councilors where they donated 75 bags of cement towards construction of class rooms in the school.
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