PRESIDENT UHURU’S PLANNED KISII TRIP, AN EMBARRASSMENT TO NYAMIRA
A fortnight ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta postponed his much anticipated trip to Nyamira and Kisii Counties in which he was to be accompanied by Rt Hon Raila Odinga.
Before the last minute cancellation, leaders from across the two counties held several night meetings probably to help organise the Head of State’s itinerary.
And reports now indicate that the president has settled on visiting only Kisii County where he will be launching a modern *Oncology center* and probably facelift KTRH as part of ongoing plans to help *Kisii University start offering medical courses*. In addition, the vast Kisii County may also expect more goodies in Agricultural production and Infrastructural Development.
WHY SKIP NYAMIRA
On record, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trip to Nyamira would have been his third since 2013, besides the tour he made during 2017 campaigns.
For far too long, Nyamira has been reduced to a mere spectator on matters development with our neighbours in Kisii reaping too much in as many years.
In 2016, Uhuru toured Nyamira for his first official trip (leave alone the Nyansiongo trip) where he launched several projects which are almost done now.
By Friday (yesterday), Nyamira leaders were divided on the President’s trip to Kisii. Some believe that he should spare his little time to visit us.
Melancholically, there are no Immediate projects the President can launch in Nyamira thus his drastic decision to skip.
Since the inception of devolution, our local leadership has been dwelling on unnecessary squabbles, indecisiveness, autocraticism and imperialistic divive and rule approach.
And as such, these leaders are unable to spearhead the development agenda for the people of Nyamira. Such cracks have rendered service delivery unattainable, thus making it difficult for the county to aspire greater things.
INCOMPETENCE, NEPOTISM CORRUPTION
With this divided leadership, however, our leaders have been doing extremely well when it comes to recruitment of their kin to offices.
As a county, we have seen a scenario where mediocrity is worshipped instead of meritocracy. Grand theft is the order of the day within public officers in our local leadership.
The county will continue languishing in shadows of Kisii, no aide from National Government just because we are not ready to make use of our autonomy.
It’s such a pity that we have nothing to show State House as a negotiating approach to have more resources allocated to the county.
It’s time that our leadership wake up, desist from irredeemably mediocrity subjected to the people and fight for the national cake as a united front.
Uhuru’s decision rescind his early declaration on the joint trip should worry our local leaders the the people of Nyamira. It’s as a people we interrogate these MPs and the County Government on serious matters regarding development.
Abuga Makori CBS MBE