Government urged to pay dues owed to former Pan Paper workers

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Ali Machani Mutoka

The government has been urged to pay money owed to former Pan Paper workers who are now going through hard times. Addressing the press at Sango market in Maraka ward, MCA Ali Machani Mutoka said many of the workers are living in bad conditions yet the government pledged to pay them. He said many of them are unable to pay their kids’ school fees.

He urged Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati to intervene and talk to the President on the matter so that the former workers can receive their pay. On the land tussle involving the Masinde Muliro Webuye campus, he said the County Governor should intervene through the County attorney and the Ministry of Land, who’ll liaise with the campus to ascertain the land size and put boundaries.

He said losing the Campus will be a big blow to Webuye town residents since it’s a direct and indirect source of employment. He said the campus has enabled local students to school around the locality without worrying about paying rent.

He also urged the committee tasked with structuring Webuye town to be a municipality to fast track the process. He said the final report on the same should be tabled in the County assembly, and implemented so that residents can enjoy the benefits that come with the municipality status. He said infrastructure will be better developed and job opportunities will be available for idle youths in the region.