Leaders from Webuye East have criticized sugar Mills factories for allowing tractors and lorries operating at night for causing a lot of accidents especially along the Webuye- Kitale route which for the past few months have experienced a lot of deaths. Addressing during the burial of Nelson Wafula an NYS student who collapsed and died while in Webuye county hospital while getting medication last week at Mikuva Village in Mihuu ward in Webuye East sub-county, Mr. Job Chelongo the Bungoma county deputy chief of staff said the Webuye Kitale route has had alot of accidents which have left more than five people dead under the same reasons.
He cited the recent one which happened a day ago where a saloon vehicle rammed into a tractor that had no lights at savanna along Webuye Kitale route which left one lady dead and another one who was the driver nursing serious injuries at Lugulu Friends Mission Hospital. He has now asked factory management to stop operating at night if they know that their tractors and lorries are not in good condition adding that it’s endangering the lives of many innocent people. Chelongo appealed to sugar factories to harvest farmers sugarcane saying some have overgrown, an issue that was supported by Mihuu ward MCA Hon Violet Makhanu said that getting a sugarcane harvesting permit has been a big challenge for many farmers. Mrs. Makhanu added that there has been lamentation from farmers of massive corruption before the factory comes to harvest sugarcane which has affected farmers’ profit.
On his part, Bungoma county chairman of the Chamber of commerce Mr. John Max Wafula Sunguri hailed the county government for construction of many feeder roads which he said have opened up accessibility to various markets and therefore boosting businesses especially for small business owners in the villages and added that chamber of commerce in conjunction with MasterCard Foundation has given loans with no interest worth 15 million to different business people within Bungoma County and appealed to the beneficiaries to start paying back as its a revolving fund which is meant to benefit as many business communities as possible.
However, economic advisor to the Bungoma County governor Mr. Martin Wafula implored to the people of Webuye East and Bungoma county at large to continue supporting the elected and any other leaders for the sake of realization of development adding that governor Wycliffe Wangamati is doing well in terms of development and has the best interests of the people of Bungoma at heart. The family of the late led by his father Mr. Wafula eulogized their son as hardworking and obedient, who had wanted to serve this great country and he will be missed by everyone who knew and interacted with him. Before his demise, Nelson Wafula was a student at the national youth service and collapsed last week while participating in the police recruitment exercise in Bokoli ward in Webuye West sub-county. According to his parents, the postmortem revealed nothing and they have no idea what led to the death of their son.