Ten county assemblies from the Lake Region Economic Bloc have agreed to pass the LREB Bill that is aimed at propelling the economic agenda of the 14-member counties.
Speaking after the legislative caucus forum at the Kisii Sports Club that brought speakers from the entire LREB region, Busia Speaker Bernard Wamalwa said they have agreed to expedite the process.
“The passing of the bill is crucial to the region since there are many partners who are willing to fund the bloc to enable it achieve its economic agenda,” he said.
Wamalwa said Busia Assembly has already tabled the LREB Bill, adding that the bill will be adopted and assented to within three weeks after the assembly resumes its sittings.
Only four counties out of 14 have passed the LREB Bill. They include Kisumu, Kisii, Migori and Kakamega.
Bomet, Bungoma, Busia, Homa Bay, Kericho, Nandi, Nyamira, Siaya, Trans Nzoia and Vihiga are yet to pass Bill although they have all tabled the bill.
LREB has also expanded its scope to include County Executive Committee Members, Chief Officers and County Assemblies.
The new members were taken through the policies, objectives, challenges and structures of LREB. Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi attended the Health Sectorial Forum while the County Secretary Nicodemus Mulaku represented Busia County at the Council meeting.