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Vihiga County to hold its First CBD meeting

19 August 2014, 07:56 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Senator George Khaniri will convene the first County Development Board meeting later next month, before the deadline set for the first meeting.

The Senator said that he was still in consultation with the membership of the board before they can arrive on a date for the meeting.

“I’ve consulted the area members of parliament and the county commissioner and they have agreed for us to have the meeting. The only person I’m yet to consult is the governor and his deputy, whom we will talk over the matter soon and then as the secretary, he will notify other members of the date and venue of the meeting,” said Khaniri.

He spoke yesterday when he led a funds drive for Bajeta, a boda boda youths’ Sacco, initiated to empower the youths in the three wards of Banja, Jepkoyai and Tambua in Hamisi constituency.

Khaniri urged the youths to register for companies that can be able to compete for tenders in the county, instead of crying foul yet they have not followed the laid down procedures to get jobs in counties.   

While stressing the importance of the boards, Khaniri said that senators do not mean any ill and are not fighting to control governors back in their counties by chairing the meetings.

He said that his role as an elected leader in the county will be strictly checking the cheques and balances of the county and making sure that the county performs to the expectations of the people.

“Our sole purpose as leaders in the county is to see the county grow in terms of development. If as leaders, we will coordinate activities in the county well, development will come automatically,” said Khaniri.

He said that his role as a senator will be made more definitive if he will be able to account for the money that is sent to the county from the Treasury, only if he participates in crafting the development projects in the region.

He urged governors not to fear the presence of senators in the county as they were coming to help them to be more accountable and to avoid misuse of county resources meant for the benefit of the people at the grassroots level.

The creation of the County Development Boards has elicited mixed reactions amongst leaders in the county; with the deputy governor Caleb Amaswache noting that they were of no importance as they were in the first place unconstitutional.

“Senators should be looking for ways of forcing the national government to allocate more resources to the counties and not coming down to the counties to fight governors in controlling the meagre resources allocated,” said Amaswache.

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