Give priority to education with the coming of County government, says Bungoma women
Written by Protus Simiyu
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There is a need to give priority to education as the most regions head to the devolved system of governance for Bungoma County says women leaders.
Addressing a youth workshop in Bungoma Central district in Chwele town, a specialist in women issues and activism Mrs. Salome Mwangale said the first county government should give top priority to education to face lift infrastructure in all institutions of learning in a move to ensure the region produces qualified personnel for the county.
‘’Without education we cannot register any development parents should also invest heavily in education, more so education of a girl child because we don’t want any gender to be left behind during this time of transformation,’’ she pointed.
She urged the government to revise teachers’ salaries insisting that teachers in this country deserve a good pay owing to their noble role and contribution in developing the country.
Mrs. Mwangale said funds that will be allocated by the national government will not be enough in regard to requirements of the region saying the first county leadership must make sure that the county has its own income revenue generating avenues to make the county self sufficient.
‘’We are behind in terms of roads infrastructure, health facilities, industries, modern Agriculture practices, Dairy farming and all these will require good money,’’ she pointed out.
Similarly, she challenged women in the region to come out in large numbers and vie for elective positions as provided for under the new constitution in the forth coming general elections.
While focusing on the Women Representative seat, she said women should come out and vie for the seat in large numbers saying the decision lies with the voters who will elect the best woman leader out of the many basing on ones ideologies and development policies for the county.
“We should not fear competition, come out, place your candidature and let the electorate decide because this county needs good and development conscious leaders, and I believe women are good leaders just like their male counterparts,’’ she said.
Apart from the Women Representative seat, she challenged the women not to be satisfied instead go for other elective seats available under the new constitution saying they have the potential to compete favorably with their male counterparts.
Mrs. Mwangala pointed out that Bungoma County has potential to grow only if able and corruption free leaders are given a chance to take over the management of the available resources.