Mt. Elgon Sub-County: Water and Irrigation Services Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa led other leaders to rally thousands of residents of the former Western Province to come out in large numbers to register as voters in the ongoing voter registration exercise being conducted by IEBC across the country.
Speaking at Moi Boys High School Kaptama in Mt. Elgon constituency during a funds drive in aid of construction of a dormitory, Wamalwa said that Western region has the highest number of unregistered voters in the country.
The CS said that leaders and all stakeholders should put aside their differences and rally people to register during this first session of registration that started on February 15th and slated to close on March 15th 2015.
“I want to appeal to my fellow leaders to put aside our political differences and mobilize our people to register in large numbers as voters because this region has the highest number of unregistered voters who are eligible and I have seen principals here I call upon them including pastors, bishops and MCAs and other stakeholders to join the bandwagon,” said Wamalwa.
He cited Kiambu County that has almost a similar population to that of Bungoma but registered over 0.8 million voters as compared to Bungoma that had a population of over 1.6 million people then but only registered a dismal 400,000 voters.
Other leaders at the ceremony including Trans Nzoia County MP Janet Nangabo echoed Wamalwa’s sentiments and urged the residents and leaders to heed the advice of the CS and utilize the period provided by the IEBC to register and prepare to vote in the general polls next year.
Nangabo cautioned residents of Mt. Elgon against being ferried by aspiring politicians to register as voters in neighboring Saboti constituency noting that the move shall lead to bad leaders being elected in their respective wards or constituency and therefore deny them development back home after not participating in electing good leaders.
Mt Elgon residents to benefit from Water projects
On other development issues Wamalwa assured the residents of Mt. Elgon that all water projects being initiated in the area shall benefit them as a matter of priority before the water flows to other parts of the county.
Wamalwa was responding to sentiments by local leaders including area MP John Serut who had said that residents of Mt. Elgon right from the source of the water especially the ongoing multi-million Chesikaki Water Project should benefit before other people on the lower end.
The CS further revealed that the government has plans to put up a master water project in Mt. Elgon that shall solve all the water problems facing residents of Bungoma and Trans Nzoia Counties.
He noted that Mt. Elgon is the biggest water tower among the five water towers found in Kenya and therefore should benefit the residents living around it maximally.
Local leaders especially politicians led by Mp John Serut and aspirants Harry Kimtai urged Wamalwa to appoint people from the region to serve on various boards of water bodies in the country especially the chief executive officer – CEO of Lake Victoria North water Services which Serut said was the most ideal post for someone from Mt. Elgon.
During the ceremony Wamalwa helped raise over Ksh. 1.2 million for the construction of a dormitory in the school with his own contribution of Ksh. 200,000.
Others who contributed included Serut Ksh. 100,000, Bungoma Woman MP Dr. Reginalda Wanyonyi Ksh. 30,000, Nangabo Ksh. 20,000 among many other leaders who attended the function.