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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Search for new MCAs on in Kakamega county

As the first term of MCAs approaches midterm, disquiet over the performance of some of them is increasingly emerging in Kakamega county.
This crop of leaders was first elected during the last general elections under the devolved system of governance.
For the nearly two and a half years they have been in office, voters have accused many of them of being selfish and irresponsible.
They have been embroiled in controversial issues ranging from  approving ill-advised finance bills to endless retreats in expensive hotels at the expense of the taxpayer.
Apparently what is hurting the voters most is the deliberate move by some MCAs to relocate from their wards to major towns.
The move has not only made it difficult for the voters to seek services from the MCAs but also to meet and prioritise development projects given the fact that each ward was allocated Sh10m as ward development fund by Kakamega county government.
However, as the MCAs are busy searching for new homes outside their wards, the voters are also busy searching for people to replace them come 2017 general elections.
Top on the list of those likely to be casualties come 2017 general elections is Bunyala West MCA Robert Bushuru.
Bushuru is being accused by his voters of deserting them during the time of need and also of wanting leadership in terms of selective allocation of bursary and general service delivery.
He is reportedly operating a wines and spirits pub at Eshibuli where he spends most of his time and perhaps meets remnants of his henchmen as the populace continue to suffer.
It is imperative to note that Eshibuli,where the MCA operates the pub christened Small Joint Guest Inn is on Kakamega-Mumias Road in Lurambi subcounty while the MCA’s ward is in Navakholo subcounty. The MCA, the irate voters allege, hardly reports to his ward office at Budonga, leave alone the entire ward to meet the citizenry and address issues affecting them.
“Since we elected him he has never come back to say ‘Thank you’ and listen to our concerns. We have now decided to vote him out during next elections,” said Moses Wafula who was the MCA’s campaign committee chairman.
On March 14, at Namakoye village during the burial of his sister-in-law, Sarah Obima, wife of his brother, Caleb Bushuru,the irate mourners told the MCA to his face that they are yet to feel see the fruits of his leadership.
It is against this backdrop that has perhaps stimulated voters to begin searching for somebody to replace Bushuru in 2017 general elections.
Some voters have settled on Mathare constituency development fund committee chair Geoffrey Oyalo.
Oyalo is also the chairman of Kasarani Luhya Welfare Association and vice chair, Bunyala Chapter, Nairobi county.
He is currently supporting girlchild education in Bunyala West through provision of sanitary pads to girls in both primary and secondary schools.
Oyalo is also paying school fees for five students at Sidikho Secondary School and seven at Sisokhe Secondary School besides supporting other needy children.
When reached for comment, Oyalo said “We shall cross the bridge when we reach there. Right now I have a lot of things to do here in Nairobi. I can proudly tell you that I am contented with what I am doing now. But if the pressure persists I may bow to it”.