Governor to help the marginalised
15 July 2013, 12:26
Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga has initiated a programme aimed at helping the marginalised regions in the County so that they can enjoy the fruits of devolution.
The Governor, Saturday, in his Luanda South Ward tour pledged to furnish the regions with the necessary facilities like water and health centres to ease the suffering of the people who live there.
The area is one of those many others in the County, which have been marginalised for a long time due to the long-standing Maseno border dispute.
Residents in the area thus travel long distances in search of water and health facilities as they are not easily accessible.
“I have set aside KES 50 million for the special programmes and thus helping this region due to its marginalisation will be my first priority,” Akaranga said.
He further noted that the warring clans in the region have feared initiating developments because they felt that their neighbours could benefit.
“At this time when devolution has set in, we have to help everybody around us because they have a lot of other resources which we may also need in future,” he said.
He was accompanied by his Deputy Caleb Amaswache, area MCA Joshua Olao, and his executive team.
Olao noted that despite the ward being one of the largest, it had worrying poverty levels and thus needed an urgent facelift.
“Roads have been neglected and when it rains, it becomes very difficult for the people to move from one place to the other,” he lamented.
Akaranga said that the days when several areas used to be neglected because the area MP was not in terms with the residents for not having supported him are long gone, because he is on the ground to seal all those loopholes.
During the tour of the County borders, Akaranga also visited ACK Maseno Institute of Technology; he said he was going to look for donors who can make it into a modern model training institute.
He noted that the institute has enough land for expansion but different constituencies bordering it have been afraid to rehabilitate it because it lies on the border.
“We want to work hard to make sure that we increase middle level education facilities in the region so that we equip our young men who fail to make the cut mark to the university with relevant life skills,” he said.
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