Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has revealed that Malaba Border will get a charter soon that will catapult it into a Municipality like Busia which got Municipality status last year.
Speaking at Hotel Itoya on Friday when he inaugurated the Busia Municipality Board, the Governor said they have already initiated the process of raising the status of Malaba to Municipality status.
Municipalities enjoy financial support from the World Bank with Busia currently receiving Sh110m annually from the World Bank through the Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP).
H.E Ojaamong said the onus of raising Busia Municipality now lies with the board, noting that the blows directed at him will now be borne by the board.
“Changing the phase of the Municipality rests squarely on you; many buildings within the Municipality have gone unpainted for decades and yet they are supposed to be painted twice a year,” he said, telling the committee to move with speed and restore the Town’s credibility.
He said Busia is a small town but poorly planned in terms of drainage, road network and pieces of land which are grabbed, thus the need by the new board to move with speed and change the phase of the town.
The Governor pledged to motivate the new board by ensuring that they are well facilitated and receive training both locally and internationally; it’s my prayer that Busia is transformed into a town at the end of the board’s five-year tenure.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said he is looking forward to seeing a difference in Busia Municipality, telling the committee to do basic things first like drainage and grass cutting which touch the lives of common mwananchi.
He said the Governor’s legacy depends on what the new board is going to do, thus the need to ensure that basic things are done first before the complicated ones.
County Assembly Speaker Bernard Wamalwa said the Governor and County residents place trust in revamping Busia Municipality on the new board, adding that the Assembly will give the new board maximum support in whatever bills or policies they will bring to the assembly.
Lands and Urban Development Executive Prof Grephas Opata said the assembly approved nomination of eight members and rejected one, adding that the nominee from jua kali sector will be replaced soon.
Board member Wangalwa Oundo said their first task is to clean up the town before moving to development, adding that the members of the board are very experienced and willing to work.
Those nominated by associations include John Odunga, Chris Nambanga and Wangalwa Oundo. Nominees competitively sourced include Peter Omeri, Mary Magero, George Kwedho and Victor Khandondi (youth representative).
Chief Officer for lands, Housing and Urban Development Joe Maurice Odundo is also a member of the board. Acting Municipal Manager Kenneth Nabulindo is an ex-officio.