KNA Baringo governor Stanley Kiptis has defended his development track record amidst growing concern from local leaders and residents that his administration has failed to deliver for the electorates.
Kiptis maintained that his administration for the past three and half years has worked very hard with the support of members of county assembly to implement various projects and provide quality service to the area.
Speaking during a wedding ceremony of North Rift Economic Block (NOREB) coordinator Joseph Makilap at his Maregut village in Baringo North, the governor said that his track record speaks for itself, contrary to sentiments by those aspiring to unseat him in 2022.
“Under my leadership, we have teamed with our MCAs to deliver on roads, water provision, dispensaries, ECDEs, food security and many other programmes which we strongly believe the residents are now benefiting from at the grassroots,” he said.
He revealed that the county government was in the process of formulating the 2021-2026 County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) which will see more development for the residents in the next five years, and it will be embarrassing if he is not given the chance to complete the agenda he has installed for the people.
The county boss called for calm and restraint from those criticizing his leadership, saying they will be shocked by how much he has accomplished when he tables his achievements by the end of this year.
Some leaders led by former governor Benjamin Cheboi have criticized Kiptis’ leadership, claiming that the expectations of the people were not met. “Baringo needs an aggressive leader to be their governor and not someone who talks but delivers nothing,” he said.
Eldama Ravine legislator Moses Lessonet in a rejoinder claimed that the county administration has totally failed the people and he is willing to offer sound leadership if elected as a governor during next year’s general elections.
He stated that the county will only move forward if it gets an aggressive leader who will fight for the needs of the people by ensuring they have adequate money in their pockets for their daily activities.
Principal Secretary for Wildlife Prof. Fred Segor who used the occasion to declare his gubernatorial ambition urged leaders to give the current governor ample time to finish his term and allow residents choose somebody whom they feel will take care of their interest.
“Baringo residents ought to be given the chance to put all the candidates on a weighing scale so that they get a leader whom they are proud of,” he said.
Other leaders who have declared their intention to vie for the seat include Baringo county assembly clerk Richard Koech, former director Kenya School of Government (KSG), Baringo campus, Isaac Chebon and Koibatek businessman Kiptoo Arap Chepkalum.
According to County Government’s Budget Implementation Review Report of 2020/2021 financial year by Office of Controller of Budget (COB), Baringo was identified as one of the counties with low absorption of development funds as indicated by the expenditure of Sh. 243.09 million in the first nine months of the period under review.
The development expenditure, the report indicates, represents 7.4 percent of the annual development budget, a significant reduction of 61.1 per cent achieved in a similar period in the 2019/2020 financial year.