Kakamega County residents want the devolved unit to allocate more funds to complete stalled projects.
Speaking at a public participation session during the County Annual Development Plan (CADP) for financial year 2022/2023 organized by the County Assembly, the residents cited Airstrip- Ikuywa road and the Bukhungu stadium that were yet to be completed.
Others want the County Government to prioritize the crying stone as a major tourist attraction by establishing a hotel there to generate more revenue from tourists.
Eliud Wanjala, from the Civil Society urged the County government to allocate more funds to youth, women and People Living with Disability (PWD), arguing that some sectors received huge funding but failed to utilize the same.
The forum was organized by Assembly’s County Finance, Economic Planning and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) committees.
Deputy Speaker Leonard Soita Kasaya said the County Assembly is focused on ensuring service delivery to Kakamega residents is not slowed down by the 2022 General Elections campaign period.
Kasaya who is also the Member of County Assembly (MCA) for Shiruku Mugai Ward assured the incoming administration that they would get plans ready hence they would know where to pick up from and continue with service delivery.
“Government service to its residents does not come to an end because of the elections. Politicians will come and the electioneering season will end but services to residents must go on uninterrupted,” he noted.
Kasaya assured residents that the County Assembly leadership would ensure the rate of service delivery and development is maintained before, during and after the general elections.
“We want to leave this county as a model and an example to others in setting high development record,” he said
The residents also cited Early Childhood Development and Education Centers (ECDEs), establishment of industries, support to the agriculture sector and setting up open air markets as some of the other sectors they wanted the county to focus on.
The chair of Kakamega County Assembly committee on Finance and Economic planning David Igunza assured residents that their contributions to the CADP would be considered during report writing.
He urged the county executive to allocate enough funds to complete the projects on time.