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Nominated members of Bungoma county assembly sworn in

07 August 2013, 18:50 Arap Yego

Activities at the Bungoma County Assembly are now expected to take off smoothly after 18 nominated members of the Assembly were sworn in to office on Tuesday.

The new members have been urged to quickly learn the ropes and discharge their mandate.

Speaking after the ceremony, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula said the county has no excuse now it lags behind as all structures are now in place.

"The second arm of the legislature is now complete. We expect the house which is now full to discharge its constitutional role of legislation and oversight and meet the expectations of members of the public which is supreme,” he said.

Wetang’ula urged members of the county assembly to work closely together and legislate laws that will result to a boom in development in the county. He advised that county assembly should focus on passing by-laws which will attract investors.

“If frameworks that are friendly for investments in the county are passed, then Bungoma will make great strides as far as development is concerned,” said the Senator, who added that the house should closely work with county executive committee, national assembly members and the entire county leadership to make Bungoma the best county.

The senate minority leader reassured MCAs that he will always be available for consultation and pledged to often attend sittings in the house.

“The senate is a custodian of the counties.  Being the senator, I will work closely with the county assembly to see that tangible development in the county is achieved,” said Wetang’ula.

Of the 18 nominees  sworn in to office that were nominated by various political parties to represent special interest groups in the county included 16 women and 2 men. Among the two men was Martin Wanyonyi, an activist for people with disabilities in county, who also lives with the condition of albinism.

In his maiden address to the house, Wanyonyi said that they are ready to provide the much needed leadership that will address the interests of special groups in the county.

Martin Wanyonyi

He also promised to bring to the floor of the house motions, policies and bills intended to bring to an end the predicament facing the special interest groups in terms of governance, representation and socio economic development.

"I will do everything conceivable to ensure that the special constituents I represent are given their constitutional and rightful share in all appointments in the county administration. The law is clear on this and we cannot bargain; it’s our right,” said Wanyonyi.

The assembly previously had 45 elected members - 4 women against 41 men counterparts. The number of women now stands at 22 and 44 men, meeting the constitutional threshold of two third gender representation.

Bungoma governor Ken Lusaka who was absent was represented by his deputy Hillary Chemoywo. Sirisia MP Major John Waluke also attended the event.
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