Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has dismissed claims by his opponents that the tarmacking of major access roads in Busia and Malaba towns respectively are politically motivated.
Addressing the press after inspecting the tarmacking of 1.4km Port Victoria Plaza-Junction- Catholic Church- Busia Referral Hospital- Tesia Supermarket- Highway road on Friday, the Governor said the claims were baseless.
” It is the Members of the County Assembly who give priorities on the projects they want implemented in their wards. They gave the construction and rehabilitation of rural roads as top priority. This saw the opening of over 1600km of such roads.
I used to include in the budget estimates the upgrading of urban roads to bitumen standards but MCAs had their priority projects which delayed implementation of such projects until the 2016-2017 financial year when they approved the tarmacking of 8.8km of roads in Busia and Malaba,” he said.
Ojaamong said his government has done its best with 65 per cent rating which is enough to give his team a second term.
Busia County Assembly Chief Whip and Burumba Ward MCA Tony Onyango admitted that they were to blame for the delay in tarmacking urban roads due their preference to have rural road projects completed first.
” We saw it not fit to have tarmacked roads in urban centers and yet the rural folks are suffering. I know the Governor will continue with the projects that will raise the profile of our towns,” he said.
County Executive Committee Member for Public Works Bernard Yaite said the project is funded by the County Government, adding that they are ahead of completion date by three months.
A chapatti seller at Port Victoria Junction Rose Kadogo said she was happy with the move by the County Government to tarmac the road saying it will improve her business. I am now rooting for the re-election of Governor Sospeter Ojaamong.
Photos: Chief Whip Tony Onyango, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and CEC for public works Bernard Yaite inspect the tarmacking of Port Victoria- Referral Hospital-Highway road on Friday.
– The tarmacking of Port Victoria- Referral Hospital-Highway road on Friday.