The Speaker of the National Assembly, the Rt. Hon. Moses Wetang’ula has Saturday intervened to have Bungoma leaders reach a consensus with the traders, taxi, lorry, pick-up vehicles operators and Chepkube Market traders over the ongoing relocations from their 'work' areas within Bungoma town.
Speaker Wetang'ula who was accompanied by Governor Ken Lusaka, Senator Wafula Wakoli, Hon. John Makali of Kanduyi and his Bumula counterpart Hon. Jack Wamboka held a constructive interactive session with the trading stakeholders geared towards finding a lasting solution to the mode of operation in the town.
“We came to a consensus on the relocation of their business areas of operations within the town as far as cleaning the town is concerned in a bid to prepare Bungoma town in its quest to acquire a city status”, said Speaker Wetang’ula.
The Speaker committed to ensuring that traders work closely with the county government to be allocated a section of public land that they can operate on a lease basis.
During the meeting that was held in the Kanduyi area, it was noted and agreed that the pickup and lorry operators will operate at the railway reserve within Bungoma town after consultations with the Kenya Railways Cooperation.
"We have agreed with the MD Kenya Railways to host those operators in the meantime while the county will put up basic social amenities," said Speaker Wetang'ula.
The Speaker further guided that operators will not be allowed to put up any permanent structures and that Taxi operators on the other hand will be expected to operate behind the main bus terminus.
The Speaker also lauded the officials for their political unity and stand that has often raised his political star.
"I thank you all for your support prayers and trust in me. This position of Speaker is not mine it's yours. You have often demonstrated beyond all means that your heritage cannot be defiled by outside forces and that's why even in the just concluded Bungoma senatorial elections you overwhelmingly voted for the Ford Kenya Party candidate Senator, Wafula Wakoli,” he added.
He further called for the unity of Bungoma leaders for progressive and sound development.
The relocation of operators programme is informed by an initiative by Governor Ken Lusaka's admiration which seeks to reorganize and clean up Bungoma town.