For a long time now, major key projects in the Western region have been in the spotlight over what has been termed as a lack of government commitment to finish them up or contractor issues.
This has caused political blame games amongst leaders while residents suffer due to poor public services. Western which stretches from Transnzoia, Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga up to Kakamega has been awash with a slow pace in development projects.
However, the issue may soon be a thing of the past as recently appointed spokespersons for the region CS Eugene Wamalwa and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya led legislators from the region to consult and review the projects.
During the meeting chaired by Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i who is the Chair of The National Development, Implementation, Communication, Cabinet, Committee (NDICCC), leaders went through various projects as documented by the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) while still adding on to what they seem required intervention to achieve.
The MPs, led by Majority Chief Whip Hon. Emmanuel Wangwe and Deputy Minority Chief Whip Dr. Eseli Simiyu had a long time in reviewing and outlining the projects across the region from water, roads, health, agriculture, education, security and energy sectors.
With a clear outline, the MPs asked the national government to fully put into action the projects and deliver.
“We want you to move this discussion from here and put our deliberations into action for the benefit of our people,” said Hon. Eseli Simiyu.
In response, the government officials led by CS Fred Matiang’i, CS Eugene Wamalwa, CS Sicily Kariuki, CS Peter Munya, and Permanent Secretaries gave a brief vivid response to the projects, provided updates and assured leaders that it’s their responsibility to work for the people.
“Public projects belong to citizens and we are sorry for the slow pace, delay, and stalled projects in the region. I am sure this meeting will provide a shopping basket of projects for immediate concern and action,” said CS Fred Matiang’i.
On their part, governors led by Chairperson of the Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya, Vihiga Governor Wilbur Ottichilo, and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong reiterated the importance of working in Synergy to address issues with short and long term solutions especially on matters of COVID-19 effects especially the traffic snarl-up of tracks in border counties of Busia and Bungoma and the flood issues across counties.
In addition, they also sort to have the Western region get a share of Big 4 and Economic stimulus programs in place.
“With such discussions, we are able to tell the various projects and sectors across our region that need intervention. Even as we seek to revitalize agriculture, complete projects, and open up our region, we are also open for new projects on Big 4 and economic stimulus package aimed at repositioning our region beyond COVID – 19 Pandemic.”
“Through such deliberations that we have had amongst ourselves and now with colleagues in the executive, we can be sure to move our region from lamentations to implementations. This is the beginning of a series of upcoming reviews that will ensure we achieve substantial success, development, and implementation of projects within the Western region.” CS Eugene Wamalwa
In the end, it was agreed that within a month’s time, the Cabinet Secretaries and leaders will pitch camp in Western Kenya for a two-day fieldwork to physically inspect, revitalize and address the challenges facing various projects in the region.
With such discussions and plans, the leaders are eager to spur the economy of the region while still offering short and long term solutions amid politics accompanying the agenda.