By TIMOTHY MBAYA
Kuria East Member of Parliament Marwa Kitayama has told Kuria residents not to expect much from Governor Okoth Obado’s remaining three years in office.
This comes even as the MP said he is ready to source for funds to cater for projects neglected by the County government in his Constituency.
Kitayama said he was not going to sit back and watch as the region was lagging behind in sectors under the jurisdiction of the County government.
“If there is a sector that is not performing as it should, I am ready to use my good relationship with President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto to bring development to you people,” said Kitayama.
According to Kitayama, tobacco farming in Kuria had collapsed under the watch of the Migori County government and maize farming was also doing poorly.
But the legislator said the fruits of lobbying alongside his Kuria West counterpart Mathias Robi for funding of projects in the region by the national government had begun to show.
DP Ruto toured the region on Saturday and launched multi-billion projects in line with the big four agenda.
Kitayama said his region had lost hope in the County government as there was little to show for the seven years of devolution.
“If the County government has never thought of initiating projects in the region in devolution’s seven years, do you think Migori [County] will give us anything in the remaining three years?” asked Kitayama.
He was explaining his involvement in agriculture, a function he said was meant for County governments.
Through their initiative as local leaders in Kuria, Kitayama said the national government was going to revive the coffee industry by constructing a Sh30 million coffee factory in Kuria East an announcement DP Ruto made during his Saturday tour.
The Kuria East MP also said through the collaboration of the National and County Governments’ construction of a sweet potato factory was ongoing at Getong’anya in Kuria West.
“This will not only serve potato farmers here in Kuria but also those from the neighbouring constituencies,” said the MP.
The five wards in Kuria East Constituency will each receive milk coolers
He said that the Kuria region will also continue seeking help from the president and his deputy because the Constituency Development funds they received could not address the regions development gaps.
“Kuria East is far much behind in development and we will continue to push for funds to come to the region until we be at par with other regions,” he said.
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