Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and his Busia counterpart Sospeter Ojaamong have underscored the need to support the 14-member Lake Region Economic Block to save their colleagues from small counties becoming one term governors.
Speaking during the Pre-Summit meeting at Hotel Breeze in Busia town on Thursday evening, the Governors said the bloc will achieve its objectives if the Governors, County Secretaries and County Executive Committee members move together as a team..
Oparanya said counties like Vihiga under Wilber Ottichilo, who was present , receives only Sh4b with Sh3b going to salaries. ” Unless we come and support counties like Vihiga then we shall have one term governors in such counties. Residents will not realize the benefits of devolution and the dynamics involved,” he said.
He said Busia like other counties have things they have done better and which other member counties within LREB wants to emulate. We need to honour meetings to the later to realize the dreams of the bloc.
Kisumu director of Protocol Bob Moanje told LREB member counties to emulate Busia county by starting their own live bands in the near future.
Busia Governor said the bloc needs economic gains on the people not selfish gains, adding that Busia has suffered economic down turn with most businesses shifting to Uganda due to favourable taxation rates in Uganda.
” The formation of the bloc which was the brainchild of four governors from Western region is meant to have President Uhuru Kenyatta listen to them as a bloc.
The only way to boost the socio-economic development of the region was to come together and not to hide under tribal unity which will not achieve any desired goals,” he said,.
Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said the formation of the regional bloc will help spur development through value addition and increase in economies of scale.
Busia Assembly speaker Bernard Wamalwa pledged to support the bloc’s Blue Print and Agreement plus LREB ratification bill when it comes to the floor of the assembly.