County Chief of  Staff  Put on Notice for Resisting Governor Wangamati’s Road Expansion 

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Bungoma County Roads CECM Eng. Collins Barasa Mukhongo inspects a road expansion site in Bungoma town. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Chief of Staff in Bungoma County was yesterday put on notice for allegedly undermining the on-going road expansion in Bungoma town.

Mr Allan Chenane had part of his perimeter wall pulled down by the a bulldozer in the outskirts of Bungoma town.

Mr Allan Chenane at a past function. PHOTO/COURTESY 

But apparently agitated by the move, the former boss then allegedly erected a makeshift perimeter wall several feets into the road after the demolition, claiming the process ‘ate’ into his property. 

Speaking at separate events during the weekend, Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and Khalaba Ward MCA Majimbo Okumu have vowed not to backpeddle in the road operation. 

“Our efforts to restore sanity and open access roads in Bungoma County will not favour anyone irregardless of one’s status in the society.” Said the County boss whose continuous upgrading or roads across the county has impressed many.

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“There i no one that should be spared in this operation. If you have erected a structure on a road reserve, that building must be pulled down.” Voiced Mr Okumu at a separate event.

It’s said that the Mr Chenane is allegedly taking advantage of his close friendship with the Big Man to ‘protect’ his property, a move that has raised questions about his code of conduct. 

Bungoma County Roads CECM Eng. Collins Barasa Mukhongo (centre) and Khalaba Ward MCA Majimbo Okumu aka Majeyi (in black/white strips) inspects a road expansion site in Bungoma town. PHOTO/COURTESY 

However, Governor Wangamati has even challenged those against the move to remember that the perimeter wall guarding his own Tourist Hotel will also be brought down to create space for the upgrading of the Kanduyi-Musikoma highway which will cost Sh1.2 billion. 

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“The other day, one of my officers told me that even the wall for my Tourist Hotel is partly on the road and I gave them a go-ahead – I’m not above the  law- so who are you to frustrate us?” Said the governor in a statement recorded by one of the local media house. 

Land encroachment has been a big challenge in Governor Wangamati’s efforts to sanitise roads and he has vowed to put the interests of the locals as a priority and not to pleasing a few individuals.

One of the affected perimeter wall around IGC area in Bungoma. PHOTO/COURTESY 

Some access roads are so thin that even fire engines and ambulances cannot access premises in case of an emergency. 

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Several local prominent people’s buildings have been pulled down in the on-going expansion of access roads in estates including a perimeter wall of a premise believed to be owned by Governor Wangamati’s Ford Kenya Party leader and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula.

The Governor’s road operation, led by Roads and Infrastructure CECM Eng. Collins Barasa Mukhongo and his Chief Officer Mr Maurice Marango have earned uploads from residents who have supported the move. 

However, residents have urged the Governor not to spare anyone. 

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