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Governor asks his cabinet to reach out to wananchi

10 March 2014, 17:05 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Vihiga Governor, Moses Akaranga has expressed concerns over failure by County Executive Committee (CEC) members to reach out to wananchi in service delivery.

Akaranga noted that the presence of most of his cabinet members has not been felt by residents at the grassroots level because they are not reaching out to the people they were serving.

“My ministers should leave their offices and go out there to engage the people they are serving. They should involve them in development matters directly,” said Akaranga.

Speaking to the Press after presiding over the second graduation ceremony of Vihiga Teachers Training College, Akaranga noted that residents were complaining that members of his cabinet were not seen on the ground.

The Governor commended former Vihiga MP and owner of the Vihiga TTC, Bahati Semo for his exemplary efforts to promote education in the county.

“I taught in this institution as an untrained teacher when it was still a private secondary school and so I have a lot of attachment to the institution. It is a commendable job, when more people in the county are supporting education,” said Akaranga.

He observed that his ministers were rarely interacting with the people on the ground and thus the many complaints from the residents.

“People have been complaining that they don’t know most of my cabinet members because they don’t meet them in functions … ministers have no reason not to go out and meet the people they serve,” he added.

Akaranga said the County Assembly had passed the Education Bill that allows for the setting up of a bursary kitty forneedy and bright children.

He explained that the fund will be managed at the ward level by county ward administrators, members of the County Assembly and chiefs and their assistants.

“Forms for the bursaries are out and would be collected at the wards. The wards bursary committee would be set up to select and vet beneficiaries before releasing funds for their education,” he added.

The governor noted that he wanted the Fund to be managed at the ward level and notcounty Education offices for transparency to prevail.

He asked residents to be on the lookout and ensure that the funds are given to deserving students.

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