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Bungoma Ford MP to work with Jubilee

30 August 2013, 12:07 Arap yego

Bungoma - A member of parliament from Western Kenya has declared that he will work with the Jubilee government to bring development to his constituents.

Speaking to journalists in Bungoma Town, Bumula MP Boniface Otsiula who was elected on a New Ford Kenya party ticket said leaders from the region should put aside their political party differences and come together to support the government of the day to bring development to the people who elected them.

“Politics is now over, we have now to offer services to all our people regardless of which coalition they voted for in the last general elections. We cannot get development if the leaders in office choose to criticize the government on every platform,” said Otsiula.

He said divisive politics propagated by a few self-seeking individuals in the region is to blame for underdevelopment in sections of the county.

He called on leaders to avoid dividing the country and zoning some areas as opposition regions and instead preach peace and reconciliation.

For the first time the MP rubbished calls for a referendum to amend the new constitution, saying it will degenerate to politics that will divide the country right in the middle.

The legislator said Governors who are masterminds of the referendum calls should first of all utilize the money allocated to them.

“If the money allocated to counties is inadequate, they can always come up with a supplementary budget which we in parliament can endorse as we know the funds will benefit our people. Let Kenyans not be hoodwinked,” he said.

He lashed out at the Governors saying most of them have their priorities upside down and allocated lavish budgets to non-essentials.

“They have given huge allocations to entertainment and allowances instead of focusing on core services to the people,” he said and challenged the Governors to review their budgets and focus on provision of key services like rehabilitation of roads, water, and heath care provision.

The Bumula MP noted that surveying of the Musikoma –Buyofu-Mungatsi Road which will be tarmacked, has already begun. The road cuts across three constituencies.

He said tenders will soon be advertised for the tarmacking of the road which is expected to cost over KES 1.8 billion.

“The constituency which is among the least developed in the country will be open to investors with the completion of the road. This will spur economic development,” he said.

“What business will I be having fighting the Jubilee Government and my people will benefit after the completion of the project that will open up the agricultural rich constituency to investment?” posed Otsiula.

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