Western Leaders- BBI Has United The Region

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Story/Reuben Olita

The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) has united the region like never before, Western leaders who attended the BBI signature collection drive at Bukalama Resort in Busia County have revealed.

Council of Governors chairman Wycliffe Oparanya, Devolution Cabinet Sectetary Eugene Wamalwa and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said elusive unity that characterized the region is now a thing of the past with all the leaders now rallying behind the document.
The leaders said ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya leaders Moses Wetangula, Wafula  Wamunyiyi and Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli have already appended their signatures on the document to confirm the unity of Western leaders.
HE Ojaamong said there should be no cause for alarm as experts have already gone through the BBI report and given it a clean bill of health, the passage of the document will herald a new chapter as far as inclusivity is concerned.
” Currently, we have only Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba in the Government from Busia County unlike yesteryear’s when we could have a Vice President, Minister(s), Managing Directors ambassadors from the county at the same time,” he said.

He added:” A part from more resources coming to counties, Members of the County Assembly are other major winners with Ward Development Fund to be enshrined in the constitution. If the initiators of the process President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga have endorsed BBI who are you to oppose it?”
HE Oparanya said this is the time to unite to reap big  to recover from collapsed economy with the sugar and cotton industries which used to be the region’s mainstay collapsing.
“BBI has given agriculture priority with funds set aside to jumpstart the hailing sector. Let’s back BBI to help revive the agricultural sector,,'” he said.
He added:” If Ojaamong has already read the BBI report all people in Busia County have read it. What we need is to append our signatures on the report to reap big from the amended constitution.”
CS Wamalwa thanked Busia MCAs, Kuppet, KNUT, boda boda operators, mama mboga, disabled persons, Chamber of Commerce and the Inter-faith for endorsing the BBI, noting that devolution is the biggest winner of BBI.
“I am happy that Western has not been left behind, adding that this is the first time leaders from the region were in the same biblical Noah’s Ark to justify the centre of purpose,” he said.
Eugene said the first step of BBI process is signature collection with the next being the MCAs who will be required to endorse it, telling leaders to embark on proper civic education on the BBI.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said devolution has been given a chance with more resources set to trickle to grassroots, thus the need to support it fully.

Western counties have been mandated to collect  393,167 signature with Kakamega required to collect 151,773 signatures, Bungoma 114,270, Busia 71, 734 and Vihiga 55,390.
Teso North Sub County in Busia County has been tasked to collect 10169 signatures, Teso South 12,518 Nambale 8623, Matayos 11600, Butula 11771, Funyula 9116 and Bunyala 7841.

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