Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya has challenged Kenyans to shun those promoting political divisiveness aimed at causing despondency. He challenged a section of political leaders that have been championing the creation of Mt. Elgon County to avoid petty, cheap and parochial utterances which he said could cause divisions among more than 43 communities that have coexisted peacefully in Trans Nzoia County for decades.
“I stand here to make a passionate call to all and the sundry to give unity a chance. We, leaders in this great County need to unite and candidly talk to each other in a sober way on the matter creation of Mt. Elgon county “, he said.
Governor Natembeya spoke Saturday when he joined family members and friends during the burial of the late Christopher Sindani Werunga Shaban, a dedicated civil servant who served as a member of the Trans Nzoia County Municipal Board. He eulogized the late Werunga as a patriotic and hardworking public servant who exemplarily discharged service to Kenyans in different capacities before joining the County government of Trans Nzoia.
The County boss who was recently elevated to serve as Democratic Action Deputy Leader party, later in the day joined other leaders in bidding farewell to the late Patrick Wandati Masibo, in Nasianda Farm in Saboti Sub County. The Governor paid tribute to the late Wandati, describing him as a family man with a deep love for education for his children and the entire Community. The Governor also acknowledged the late Wandati’s significant Contribution that helped shape the political destiny of notable political giants in the then Trans Nzoia District. Natembeya highlighted key projects that had so far been undertaken by his administration. Among the mega projects is the upcoming launch of the County Aggregation Centre whose groundbreaking will be overseen by Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria next week. The Aggregation Centre is set to assist farmers with value addition and marketing of their produce.
Major road network upgrades and increased access to clean piped water are part of the ongoing development initiatives of the second governor. Former Defence Minister and DAP K Party leader, Eugene Wamalwa, who joined the Governor at Nasianda called for the collaboration between members of the Trans Nzoia County Assembly with the Governor to ensure meaningful development.
“Past differences between MCAs and the former governor slowed our county’s progress making us slip to the bottom despite the County having received similar disbursements from the exchequer. Support Governor Natembeya for rapid growth “, said Wamalwa. Furthermore, Eugene Wamalwa urged leaders in the county to steer clear of tribal politics, emphasizing that Trans Nzoia is a diverse county requiring a thoughtful approach to political matters.
The burial ceremony was attended by Roots Party leader Professor George Luchiri Wajakoya, County Secretary Truphosa Amere, CEC members Janerose Nasimiyu( lands), Julie Kichwen( Public Service Management), Boniface Wanyonyi( Finance and Economic Development), Jackson Wanyungu Amboka ( Public Works and Infrastructure), and Wanjala Pepelah( Health), Trans Nzoia Women Rep Lilian Siyoi, Joshua Werunga ( Political Adviser), members of the County Assembly, County Professionals and a host of county and National government officials.