Article 10 (2)(a) of the constitution makes citizen participation a central part of Kenya’s governance. In observing this value, Kakamega County Governor H.E Hon Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya on Wednesday led residents in inspecting and commissioning government projects in Malava Sub-County. The Governor’s first stop was St. Teresa Isanjiro Twin Lab Polytechnic where he was pleased with the project which is nearing completion. The next station was Malava County Hospital where the Governor was amazed with the new status of the facility after the government pumped in Shs.10Million for its upgrade last year. Prior to addressing the public at Malava Boys Secondary School, Governor Oparanya stormed into a neighboring Malava Girls Secondary School where it became clear that the institution requires total infrastructural refurbishment.
While at Malava Boys Secondary school grounds, Governor Oparanya urged Kakamega county residents to support the devolved governance saying today Kenyans have projects they can point at courtesy of county governments. The Governor announced that the upcoming Milk Plant project in Malava Sub-County and the soon to be operational Farm in the Box project at Bukura Agricultural College will transform the economy and lives of all Kakamega County residents and her neighbors. The investor who is managing the milk projects, Mr. Finley Campbell, promised to deliver a viable milk industry in Kakamega County in the shortest time possible.
The day saw 42 elders from Malava Sub-County receive a mattress and two blankets each to complement the shelters built for them by the government. Youths groups from the seven wards of the Sub-County each got a money maker pump machine and a 1,500 litres tank to prosper their businesses. The youth groups are Lukume Motorbike Youth Group (W. Kabras), Ikoli Youth Group (E.Kabras), Waingo Motorbike Association (Chimuche), Ikhanyi Youth Welfare (S.Kabras), Chegulo Transporters Sacco (Butali/Chegulo), Happiness Women Group (Manda/Shivanga) and Musungu Bodaboda Welfare Group (Mugai/Shirugu).
The following primary schools each received cheques worth Shs.2.5Million for construction of ECD Centers; Shivanga, Mting’ong’o, Ikoli, Matsakha, Sambuli, Mayuge,Shamoni and Indulusia as Shirugu and Malava Boys Secondary Schools banked Shs.20Million each for refurbishment. The health sector got a boost as Sirungai and Chegulo dispensaries got Shs.3Million each while Malava County Hospital received Shs.10Million for upgrade of the facilities.
Governor Oparanya was accompanied by his Deputy H.E Hon Prof. Philip Kutima, Hon. MCAs, CECs, COs HODs, and other public officers from both governments.