Drama unfolded at the Busia County Assembly on Tuesday when a Member of the County Assembly reprimanded her colleague for degrading the department she chairs.
Contributing to the Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s annual address to the special sitting of the County Assembly, Malaba Central MCA Bernard Papa down rated the Education Department for allegedly not doing much on matters education in the county.
Education Department has not shown any tangible results, with many pledges it made remaining unfulfilled. “I am wondering why my colleague Novena Ndaliro is defending the department,” Papa told the Assembly chaired by nominated MCA Nancy Okademi.
Rising on a point of order, Ndaliro who is the Education Committee chair said that the department has fulfilled most of what is contained in the Governor’s speech.
“Many things are taking shape in the areas the Governor highlighted in his speech. A total of Sh47m in grants to Vocational Training Centres has been disbursed.
The county government has also fulfilled its pledge of sponsoring students to KCA University Amagoro Campus and meeting 40 per cent of their fees.
We have already formulated the Bursary Board which was a requirement of the Controller of Budgets before it could sanction its release. We have also advertised for ECDE teachers with successful candidates set to appear for interviews,” She said while demanding an apology from honourable Papa.
The department has already invoiced Sh37.5million bursary fund ready for rollout, while 105 students have benefitted from full scholarships in specialized courses including medicine, law and engineering.
Chakol South MCA Okodoi Maskini lauded the Governor’s speech saying it’s good news that the long awaited High Dependency Unit/ICU at the Busia County Referral Hospital will be ready in the next one month or so.
I am also looking forward to the proposed Ksh100m MCA Block, the Sh300m Alupe Women and Children Level 5 hospital and Ksh75m Cassava processing plant,” he said.
Angurai South MCA Grace Omasete lauded plans to light up over 900 households through the Rural Electrification Authority and introduction of technical skills to VTCs.
Others who gave their contributions included Mwajuma Toloi (Nambale Township), Moses Ouma (Amukura) and Moses Ochieng (Burumba).