Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has urged Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) to break the record of their predecessors in terms of the number of bills passed.
Speaking while addressing a special sitting of the county assembly in his Annual Address on Tuesday, the Governor said current Assembly, which is proceeding on recess, is capable of surpassing 48 bills that the first assembly passed.
“It is over a year since you won the mandate to represent the interests of our people. I am convinced that you now fully understand your mandate and the aspirations of our people and have mastered the County Assembly of Busia Standing Orders to the letter,” he said.
He added: “ As you purpose to pass more bills than the previous assembly, you should also consider passing bills that will enhance revenue collection, attract investment to Busia County, and promote information technology and innovation.
You should also pass bills that will enhance investment in real estate, manufacturing and food security in Busia County. We have to come up with legal frameworks that will create economic turn-around and employment opportunities for our people,” he said.
The Governor said there is need for collaborative efforts between the Executive and County Assembly to actualize the legal frameworks on civic education, and fast-track the enactment of Public Participation Act, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) Policy and Regulations on Decentralized Units Act 2015.
“I am happy to be the Governor of a County where the Executive and Legislative arms of government are working in harmony. I thank God for the unity that our people have embraced, and as leaders of this County we must work together to improve the lives of people of Busia and not take it for granted that we are in leadership, but be humbled and consider it a privilege,” he said.
Looking back at our performance since 2013, we have achieved a lot contrary to some skeptics who think otherwise. We shall strive to work tirelessly to achieve our socio-economic development. I want to leave Busia a better County than I found it. A county with advanced healthcare services, good road networks, availability of clean and safe water for its residents. Also at the end of my second term, I’m looking forward to seeing Busia and Malaba towns transformed into modern towns,” he said.
The Governor also took an early opportunity to wish all members and County residents a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 20-19. “I urge parents not to overspend during the festive season considering the burden they are facing when schools open in January, 2019.”