Written by Protus Simiyu
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The government has allocated Sh. 650 Million to necessitate the revival of the Malaba-Malakisi cotton ginnery in Bungoma and Busia Counties that collapsed in the early 1990’s.
Speaking in Kimaeti Primary school, Bumula legislator Bifwoli Wakoli said the government has also released Sh. 100M to revive the collapsed Kitinda Diary in Bungoma town.
Bifwoli who is also the Lands assistant minister said the funding is part of the government’s program geared towards achieving the Vision 2030.
“One of the core objectives of Vision 2030 is to have industries in all parts of the country, to achieve this, the government is determined to revive all collapsed industries in the country,’’ Wakoli said.
He said the two industries will play an important role in the economic advancement of the two counties through offering job opportunities to the locals.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the ministry of Livestock Development Kenneth Lusaka said revival of Kitinda Diary is a welcome to Bungoma County as it would boost dairy farming in the region.
He said the government has already installed three milk coolers within Bungoma County while having optimism that once revived Kitinda Dairy will have a constant supply of milk.
The PS challenged residents of Bungoma County to embrace and venture into modern dairy farming practices to benefit from the government program geared towards empowering the people.
“We should move away from the indigenous animals and establish dairy farming because this region has great potential owing to favorable climate,’’ Lusaka Urged.
In politics, the Bumula Mp warned aspirants of varies elective posts in Bungoma County to desist from divisive politics through hate speech instead focus on promoting peace ahead of the polls.
Wakoli said the aspirants should read and understand the requirements of Chapter 6 in the new constitution on leadership and integrity.
“We are not going to do the things in the usual way, if you insult and abuse your opponents, the law is very clear that you will be barred from contesting any elective position,’’ he warned.
He said time is ripe for all aspirants to embrace political tolerance and look for votes peacefully as potential competitors and not enemies to ensure the forth coming elections are peaceful.
Lusaka said political leaders in Bungoma County have a noble obligation to establish the unity of purpose aimed at empowering the residents.
He blamed bad leadership in the region as the major course underdevelopment in the region amid recourses saying majority of leadership are out to serve their own personal self agendas at the expense of the dire needs and expectations of the electorate.
“Let us avoid move away from tribal politics and vote in leaders in the right way basing on their track record, integrity and capability to move the region to another level in terms of development,’’ he charged.
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