By Andanje Wakhungu
The county government of Kakamega has announced plans to upgrade Malava Sub County to municipality status. Speaking during the World Water Day celebrations held at the sub-county grounds, Kakamega County deputy governor Ayub Savula confirmed that the county’s integrated development plan (CIDP) had captured the views of the residents and was working on how best to implement them in the next financial year.
He said the upgrading of the sub-county will give way to more revenue generation and collection and create employment opportunities for many young people. “We are putting up a committee to deliberate on what should be put in place before the end of the year that will award the sub-county its municipality status.
Infrastructure including roads, water and financial institutions are some of the key areas we shall start with, in our implementation.” Mr Savula hinted that already they had engaged Equity bank over plans to have a branch in the sub-county and already the financial institution had agreed to set up one next year. The leader also acknowledged the involvement of the World Bank in the setting up of a 24-hour market at the sub-county once its municipality status is attained. Mr Savula who was representing Governor Fernandes Barasa stated that the count was committed to sprucing up development in the vast sub-county considering it was lagging in the last ten years.
“We are camping here at Malava to initiate various developments to enable the residents enjoy just like in other sub counties because is in the public domain that the former county regime neglected the region despite it having a deputy governor from within, we want to give back to you so that by 2027 election you freely vote for our second term since you really made it hard for us in the last election”
The Deputy Governor said the county was working on modalities to connect water to 8000 households each year to achieve its slogan of “Matsi Khumiliango” water (within) at the doorstep. He also pointed out that the Tumbeni Milk plant was to be operationalized come December this year and already the contractor had been recalled on-site to proceed with the project effectively.