Ojaamong dismisses claims by opponents that the tarmacking of roads are politically motivated


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.

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