Trans Nzoia County Commissioner hits out at Governor Khaemba’s critics

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Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba and the Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Patrick Khaemba during the Jamhuri Day celebration
Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba and the Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Patrick Khaemba during the Jamhuri Day celebration

Trans Nzoia County Commissioner Samson Ojwang has hit out at critics
who have been waging a war against area Governor Patrick Khaemba over
allegations of poor service delivery.

Speaking during the Jamhuri day celebrations at ASK grounds in Kitale, Mr. Ojwang took issue with the critics saying they are playing a divisive card, whose main goal is to sabotage the devolution agenda in the region.

Ojwang said several leaders in the County have started early campaigns
that is tantamount to provide an unnecessary political heat within the
County.

In what may be seen as a direct pointer to some notable politicians including Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa who has been traversing the whole County, the County commissioner warned politicians who have already started calling themselves ‘incoming Governors’ or ‘incoming MPs’ claiming residents at the moment want development as opposed to politicking.

“I want to challenge leaders who have interests in taking over from
Governor Khaemba to know that the politics of hate is not the solution
to the challenges within the County,” he said.

He, however, warned boda boda operators groups that are causing a disturbance by fighting amongst themselves, and engaging in criminal activities that they’ll face stern action. He likened the gangs within boda boda groups to militias, saying the security teams won’t lay low and let them cause havoc.

Governor Patrick Khaemba speaking during the event
Governor Patrick Khaemba speaking during the event

On his part, Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick khaemba alleged that a section of leaders in the region are sponsoring initiatives aimed at sabotaging his government’s policies and to paint him as a failure, in order to use the narrative as a campaign tool in 2022.

On matters concerning insecurity, especially issues surrounding the infighting boda boda groups, the County Governor warned that he won’t let lawlessness have a place in the County. He, however, blamed some politicians, who he said are funding the groups to cause havoc among themselves for their own political interests. “Some leaders have planted seeds of discord among boda boda operators by inciting them against each other while at the same time advising them not to pay revenue,” he said.

Governor Khaemba further appealed to the National Cereals and Produce Board to come to the aid of farmers within the County who need maize drying services to avoid post harvest loss, coupled with opening maize buying centres for them.

He also called for patience by anyone who is owed money by the County government, saying all all pending bills will be settled, as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, on the basis of availability of funds.