Busia County Assembly has adopted a private motion mandating the Department of Public Works, Roads, Transport and Energy to develop a policy, legislation and regulations on naming of the roads in the county.
Chakol South Member of the County Assembly Maskini Okodoi who moved the motion noted that the roads and streets within Busia and Malaba towns as well as other urban and rural areas are neither labelled nor named.
“ The labelling or naming of the roads in the county is crucial in helping to easily locate places, for direction and good order and also for timely, efficient and effective delivery of fire-fighting services, disaster management and emergency services,” he said.
Assembly Speaker Bernard Wamalwa directed the relevant committee to report back within 60 days on the measures, if any, the roads department has put or is putting in place to implement the resolution on naming of roads.
Members who made their contributions said there was need to honour local heroes and heroines like Ojamaa Ojaamong, Moody Awori, Achiya Echakara, Oduya Oprong, Titus Adungosi, Philip Masinde, Peter Okondo, Victor Wanyama, Dr. Mukasa Mango, Dickson Ochwadi, Fr.Okodoi, and Dr Julia Ojiambo.
Malaba South MCA David Kokonya said that the policy should include punitive measures to be meted on those who will attempt to remove the road marks.
Others who backed the motion included Angela Nafula, Kassaman Ekesa, Moses Ouma, Jackline Mukele, Grace Omasete and David Luyemba.