Lugari MP Ayub Savula has rubbished the meeting that took place on Thursday, bringing together leaders drawn from Western region led by Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Cabinet Secretaries led by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i to discuss development in Western. He has called out the meeting, saying it was a political game. Speaking during an interview with West FM on Sunday, the Lugari MP said last year leaders from the region had another meeting with CS Matiang’i and they presented their grievances but and he proposed the renovation of the Turbo-Sikhendu road, indicating that nothing happened, “I can’t attend a meeting that is meant to play around with the Luhya community.”
He said before government sets out to start projects, money is budgeted for and passed, but looking at this year’s budget he hasn’t seen any allocations that directly deal with problems facing the region, like the revival of Mumias and Nzoia Sugar Companies or the cotton industry, “They wait for the budget to be released then they say we shall push for the projects, how will it work?” he posed.
He said a supplementary budget is needed if projects in Western are to be taken care of, since the national budget has already been laid out. On this, he said Western leaders should meet President Uhuru Kenyatta, share their development needs and grievances and the President will give the go ahead for a supplementary budget to be taken to parliament and passed, adding that it’s the only way projects in the region will be catered for.