Busia County Assembly Vets Malaba Municipality Board Members

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Story/Reuben Olita

The County Assembly of Busia on Friday finalized the vetting of seven nominees for the newly created Malaba Muncipality.

Those who faced the planning committee chaired by Malaba Central MCA Bernard Papa included Immaculate Amoit Idewa, Bishop Michael Kiio Mutulu, Stephen Omuse Ijaja, Rose Mercy Omoit, Solomon Akadekere Abwaku, Julius Tom Ekwenye and Professor Olubayi Olubayi.

Their fate now lies in the hands of the vetting committee and the committee of the full house which will either approve the names or reject them.

Professor Olubayi Olubyayi, who holds a PHD in microbiology was put to task by committee member Moses Ochieng to explain what he will do to be rembered after five years at the helm of the board.

The eloquent professor said his dream is to create a model municipality that that will only be compared to Kigali which is the cleanest municipality in Africa ahead of Johannesburg and Cape Town.

“Kigali is a unique municipality with all lights functioning, free Wi-Fi is available in every town, roads have been upgraded to bitumen standards and many other accrued benefits, thus making it a 24-hour economy.

He continued: ” He wants a municipality with good governance structure with a united board working as a team writing investors documents, well vetted documents, policies, annual reports, quality website and model development plan to be replicated to others parts of the county.”

The professor added that his other opportunities will be to seek public private partnership (PPP) on trailer park with high quality and which can accommodate more trucks, PPP on edible oils industry in the municipality that will lead to employment creation for the youth that will lead to decrease in crime.

Mr James Ekwenye who holds a master’s degree in Management and Leadership and part time lecturer at Management University of Africa promised to realize the success and growth of the municipality, and help promote trade between Kenya and Great Lakes region.

Mr Solomon Abwaku who holds a masters degree in International Studies and a long serving public servant said he has a wealth of experience to propel Malaba municipality to greater heights by pushing for the construction of a dry port in Malaba to attract investors.

Immaculate Amoit, 32, is a bachelor of education holder with majors in English and Liteature is also the Executive Director of Western Twaweza Empowerment Company (K). Stephen Omuse Ijaja is a retired primary school head teacher with 37 years experience while Ms Rose Mercy Omoit is a Bcom holder.

Hon Papa said the committee will retreat to write a report to be tabled before the committee of the full house by Tuesday next week.

With the municipality enjoying a population of 91,000 people, he revealed they will receive funding from the World Bank to the tune of Sh400 million annually. The wards making Malaba Municipality are Malaba Central, Malaba North, Malaba South and Amukura West.

The seven nominees were either picked by the Governor competitively, or nominated by professional bodies, KNCCI and informal sector, among others.

The Municipality board once approved will be in charge of managing infrastructure, ensuring access by residents to key amenities like water, electricity, sewerage system and beatification and cleanliness of the town. They will also collect revenue from their area of jurisdiction.

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