Senate Speaker Lusaka reiterates importance of the census

Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka (right) and Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa
Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka (right) and Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa

Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka has urged residents of Bungoma and Western region at large to fully participate in the census exercise set to kick off in August. Speaking during the burial mass of Mzee Richard Makona at Nasianda in Kimilili constituency, Lusaka said the exercise is vital in ascertaining the allocation of funds from the government saying it will be based on population.

He disclosed that also it will have political significance as one will always want to associate with a community that has numbers saying without that they won’t manage anything. “Even in parliament for any bill to be successful it has to be passed by the majority in the house hence the significance of numbers” he said. The Speaker also took the opportunity to call for cooperation among the politicians from the region so as to achieve development saying the people at the grassroots will not benefit from their titles but rather their services.

Sirisia MP John Waluke said as politicians they will not support the constitution’s amendment if it is aimed at creating more positions saying the ordinary Kenyan is still suffering. He said residents should focus on supporting the president and his Big Four Agenda which will at the end of the day transform lives. The late was an uncle to Kimilili MP Didmus Wekesa Barasa and was eulogised as a great man whose contribution to transform the society will be missed.