KNA Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has appealed to residents across the county to embrace projects meant to boast their socio-economic wellbeing instead of fighting for their downfall.
He made the appeal during the burial of Audesta Aino, aged 101, mother to Chakol Catholic Parish priest Gregory Ejakait, at Lukolis village in Teso South Sub County.
Ojaamong told the mourners that their resistance towards projects will only retard development in the county.
He said, “A case in point is Fr. Okodoi Secondary School in Amukura West Ward. When I was Member of Parliament the community wanted to “finish” it but I stood firm, and today the community has benefitted immensely.
“We also have Lukolis Health Centre which I elevated to a Model status during President Mwai Kibaki’s reign through funding from Community Trust Fund (CDTF) programme. It too received resistance, and to date the health institution has remained low key,” he said.
The governor also reminded the mourners of a recent case in which Lukolis market traders took to the streets threatening not to pay taxes to the county government due to lack of sanitation facilities yet there is a Public Health Act which has measures to be instituted
where such facilities are not provided.
“Let us appreciate the efforts being put up by the county and national government in availing infrastructure, lest you regret when such ventures are moved to areas where people are embracing them,” he stated.
On the issue of Covid-19 Ojaamong appealed to residents to continue adhering to the containment measures for their own safety despite the government opening up places of worship and rescheduling of curfew hours from 7pm-10pm in 13 counties of the Lake Region Economic Bloc.
“Covid-19 is real. For instance, we have had a case in Machakusi area (Teso South) where a widow died a few hours after burying her husband and two of her children also testing positive. This is a clear indication that the Delta Variant of the virus should not be taken for granted,” he advised.
Kakamega Bishop and the Diocese of Bungoma Administrator, Rt. Rev Joseph Obanyi who led the funeral mass reiterated Ojaamong’s sentiments regarding Covid-19 urging all Kenyans to continue observing the set health protocols in order to guard against the virus.
“Let us not take for granted that Coronavirus is out there. It has happened, it has come to us and some of us have even gone,” he said.