Local and foreign investors are free to venture in small and mega projects across Kakamega County. This was revealed today in a statement from H.E Hon. Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, read by the Deputy Governor H.E Hon. Prof. Philip Kutima during the launch of Mumias Shuttles Buses at Mumuas West Sub-County Headquarters.
Professor Kutima said the government is addressing some of the challenges facing the transport industry including poor road-network, lack of adherence and enforcement of traffic rules, failure to pay taxes, among others, which both governments are collaborating to manage.
The Deputy Governor appreciated Kenya Bus Services Managing Director who also doubles up as the Chairman of Mumias Shuttle Edwin Mukabana for investing in the transport sector in the county. The Deputy Governor reminded the residents to first invest in education which in turn pays back as is the case for Mr. Mukabana.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Edwin Mukabana promised to bring sanity in the transport industry in the region and the neighboring markets. He said already 10 buses are on ground and more are on the way to be on road in three months once the business picks. The investment worth Kshs.30M has seen 30 youths, residents of kakamega county, get employed in the first round of recruiting staff, after undergoing a rigorous interview to become Managers, Drivers, Touts, and Mechanics of Mumias Shuttle Services.
Mumias Shuttle currently operates on Mumias-Kakamega-Kisumu, Kakamega-Bungoma-Kitale, Kakamega-Mumias-Busia and North-Rift routes.
In attendance were Kenya Private Sector Alliance Chairman Ambassador Dennis Awori, General Manager Hino Toyota Kenya Wanjohi Kangangi, Western Regional Traffic Commandant, NTSA representatives, Hon. MCAs, County Executive Members, Mumias Town Manager Violet Ofisi, County Administrators, Members of Mumias Progressive Welfare Society among other guests.