Kakamega Governor and Chair Council of Governors’ (CoG) H.E. FCPA
Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya today led residents of Kakamega in marking
this year’s Mashujaa Day in a colourful event held at Muslim Primary
grounds, Bunyala central ward, Navakholo sub county.
the event, H.E. the Governor praised Kenya’s heroes and heroines for
sacrificing their lives and comfort to ensure the country attains her
independence. “We in the devolved units
must seize this special occasion to join other Kenyans wherever they are
to renew our commitment to the spirit of heroism”, he said.
Governor Oparanya said there was need for the country to re-look at the
constitution with a view to making amendments that will deliver the
full promise of devolution. “Constitutional amendments are key to
address the bottlenecks in equitable sharing of national revenue as well
as ensure adherence to the CRA’s technical recommendations by
restricting any deviations by the National Assembly”, said the governor.
The governor added that the amendments would also address
issues of inclusivity and ethnic diversity in the government as well as
creation of a financial anatomy for county assemblies. “As the talks for
constitutional amendments gain momentum in the country however, the
county government of Kakamega is committed to implementation of flagship
projects in the County Integrated Development Plan and the Anual
Development Plan to ensure a decent and prosperous life is attained for
the citizens”, the governor assured.
He reiterated his earlier
directive that owners of all buildings and permanent structures in the
county must seek proper approvals from the government before any
construction commences. This he said will prevent cases of accidents or
deaths occasioned by collapsing structures.
The governor also
called on the national government through the County Commissioner Madam
Pauline Dola who was present to speed up completion of national
government projects under construction in the county such as
Lurambi-Ingotse-Navakholo road among others.
Also present was
First Lady Priscillah Oparanya, deputy governor H.E. Prof. Philip Museve
Kutima, County MP Hon. Elsie Muhanda, Members of Parliament led by area
MP Hon. Emmanuel Wangwe, first senator of Kakamega county Dr. Boni
Khalwale, nominated senator Hon. Naomi Shionga, MCAs led by speaker Hon.
Morris Buluma, CEC members, County Secretary and Head of Public
Service, Chief Officers, deputy county secretary, County and the sub
county administrator of Navakholo Juma Omwendo, among others.