Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala has hit out at the County government, claiming there is an unequal distribution of development projects in the County.
Malala, while addressing the media at his Kakamega office, said that the County government had sidelined the northern region of the County, areas like Lugari, Likuyani and Malava in its development agenda.
He claimed that the three had benefited the least since the beginning of the devolved governance system in 2013. He cited poor roads and a lack of reliable hospitals among others as indicators of being ignored by the County government. “There is no single flagship project kicked off by the County government in the Northern region that has been completed and launched. Take for example the milk processing plant that is to be established in Malava and the maize processing factory that is to be built in Kitale, despite allocating the projects funds, nothing major has been realized,” he said.
Malala added that the County government had initiated a project in 2013 where each sub county’s headquarter was to get at least a tarmacked road, but to date Malava and Navakholo sub counties were sidelined in the projects. He called upon the Kakamega County government through Governor Wycliffe Oparanya to consider the three sub counties while distributing development projects saying that there is no single level four hospital in the entire region.
He has formed a caucus consisting of ward representatives from the Northern region to help put the County government to task regarding development in their region. The caucus led by the Sango ward MCA Kennedy Kilwake has affirmed that they have drafted a plan in which they intend to incorporate the Governor Wycliffe Oparanya to ensure that residents from the Northern region also benefit from development projects.
Kilwake said that they will put the government to task to ensure that the milk processing plant and the maize processing factory as promised by the Governor are intact before the next general elections. The Northern region of the County has a total of 18 wards.