Bunyala residents have lauded Busia County Government for creation of waterways which they said has helped alleviate flood menace .
The creation of waterways through the removal of water hyacinth has helped residents access the adjoining highlands which ease,,” said a coxswain Francis Ouma.
The residents delivered their appreciation to County Director of Public Administration Robert Muganda when he made a tour of Bunyala South Ward on Tuesday to inspect County Government projects.
Area Ward Administrator Athony Mainya said Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s administration spent Sh 7million in the 2014/2015 financial year to open up seven waterways They are Ndekwe, Sidokho, Lulula, Mabinju Sigomere, Nadekhe , Mbina and Nakhaina.
Ouma said Sh5million has been set aside for opening up five more waterways in Bunyala South. ” The County Government has also allocated Sh2m for purchase of a Water Ambulance for emergency cases by Highland residents.
The main challenge is the recurrence of the weed which forces the county government to spend a lot of money in daily maintenance.
Makhoma residents have no electricity although the main line passes through the area. To alleviate the suffering the County Government has offered to purchase a transformer worth Sh700,000.
At Runyu Primary School, Muganda was moved with revelations by school head John Pande that there is no functional latrine. He appealed to the County Government to help construct at least a six hole pit latrine to save the school from imminent closure by the Public Health Officials.
Contractors were cited as a bottleneck to the County Government’s efforts to bring services closer to the people by failing to complete projects in designated periods.
At Rukala it emerged that construction of a Box culvert at Sidokho to the tune of Sh3.8m by GAPS and Construction Company has stalled after the contractor allegedly abandoned site.
Sidokho backfilling by the same firm totaling Sh3.5m has also been abandoned. Part of the work has been done. The current foot bridge linking Rukala and Runyu is worn out.
Muganda who was flanked by Director of Communications Winston Wafula visited Osieko dispensary. The Nurse in charge Nobra Mutuku said drugs shortage was not in their vocabulary.
She appealed for the completion of the Laboratory to create room for storage of drugs lest they miss fresh drugs supplies.