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Read and understand the constitution

06 November 2014, 23:00 Jane Zack

Busia - Over 50 percent of Busia locals have not read and understood the new constitution, a factor that poses major challengers in the region.

Area County Commissioner Isaiah Nakoru has regretted that majority of the people have no clue of what the document entails and yet it is their right to defend the constitution.

Addressing stakeholders in his opening remarks during a County Consultative Forum organized by the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of the National Government held at a Busia hotel, Nakoru called upon the locals to particularly read and understand Article 10 of the Constitution on National Values and Principles of Governance.

''We have to be cohesive and avoid corruption, we create the culture of corruption ourselves and this is another great challenge that we should strive to alleviate.'' Nakoru stated.

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The security boss also regretted the high percentage of poverty in Busia County that currently stands at 66 percent calling upon the locals to find ways of creating self employment especially through farming in a bid to address the situation.

''Busia County is a border town and residents should take advantage of that by engaging in cross-border trade as the intergovernmental organization; East Africa Community has been ranked the fastest growing economy in the world.'' Nakoru reiterated.
He also called upon the youth and women to take advantage of the Uwezo Fund that seeks to expand access

to finances and promote youth, women and persons with disabilities, by applying for loans and initiate businesses instead of over relying on cane farming.

''The national government has also introduced cash transfers to the aged and between the year 2007 and now, over 733million has been spent as an individual receives Sh.2000 per month. The society should assist in identifying the aged in Busia County for them to access the funds that are meant to improve their livelihoods." Nakoru said.

The assistant director in the directorate of cohesion and National values Charles Mwaniki said that its Kenyans responsibility to ensure effective service delivery for the betterment of livelihoods.

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