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Bungoma leaders laud President for 'goodies'

19 May 2014, 15:56 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Bungoma County leaders have lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta for announcing the national government's plans to improve infrastructure in the region, specifically the roads.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday promised a number of goodies for the region, among them the tarmacking of a number of roads in the county before the year ends.

Led by Bungoma County Assembly Deputy Speaker Jane Chebet, the leaders said tarmacking of the roads especially in Mt Elgon will be a welcome reprieve to the long-suffering area residents.

Mt Elgon MP, John Serut brought to the attention of the head of state the plight the people he represents go through because of the poor road network.

“Donkeys are back to the roads in Mt Elgon Mr President after the construction of the Kamukuywa- Kaptama- Kapsokwony- Kopsiro-Namwela road, which was launched by your predecessor Mwai Kibaki in 2007, stalled. I want to beg you to have these donkeys off the roads. Please announce today when the roads construction starts,” Serut told the president.

Area senator, Moses Wetang’ula also appealed to the president to ensure that at least 200 Kilometres of the roads in the county are put under tarmac before his term ends.

In his speech, the head of state said the Mt Elgon roads mentioned by Serut and others in the county will be tarmacked before the end of the year.

“This year, we shall ensure that the stalled Kapsokwony-Kopsiro- Namwela Road project is completed. We have also agreed with the cabinet secretary that the Chwele-Sirisia-Lwakhakha Road construction project will start this year,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta, who noted that the roads will open up the region and boost regional trade with Uganda.

The deputy speaker said the two road projects if completed will be a fulfillment of the dreams of the region's residents and a big achievement for the Jubilee government.

“It will be very easy for the farmers in Mt Elgon, which is the food basket of Bungoma County, to access the market and it will subsequently turn around their economic fortunes,” said Chebet, who is also the Cheptais Ward county representative.

Other Bungoma MCAs; Benson Mukenda (Kapkateny), who also the chairman of the county assembly committee on Roads, and Ben Kipkut (Chesikaki) echoed Chebet’s sentiments.

"Tarmacking of the roads will go a long way in alleviating poverty in the Mt Elgon region, which ironically is endowed with rich soils good for agriculture. We will be very grateful to the president as the area leaders if he keeps the promise,” said Mukenda.

They were speaking during the homecoming of area Governor, Kenneth Lusaka.

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