21 November 2012

Kenya: Ojaamong's Fury Over Incomplete Classrooms

LABOUR assistant minister Sospeter Ojaamong broke into tears yesterday on learning that pupils of a Teso school are studying in incomplete classrooms.

Headteacher Valentine Otogo stunned the Amagoro MP when he disclosed the deplorable state of school toilets, saying they have been infested by snakes.

Ojaamong said more Sh3 million from the Constituency Development Fund was given out for construction of five classrooms more than five years ago.

"The KESSP programme also pumped in Sh800,000 for the construction of a classroom at the school but what is on the ground is a shame," he said.

Otogo said the school was the last in Busia county in last year's KCPE with a mean score of 195. "Lack of lightening arrestors is another challenge facing the school. I appeal to well-wishers to help buy the arrestors," he said.

Ojaamong told Eldoret North MP William Ruto to stop blaming Prime Minister Raila Odinga over an alleged marginalisation of the Iteso despite them supporting ODM in the 2007 general election.

"Ruto held the most powerful Agricultural ministry but he left without employing any member from the Teso community," he said. Ojaamong also threatened to field candidates for the seven seats in Busia if politicians from the Luhya community will not support a Teso for the governor's seat.

"We have only entered candidates for governor but is perturbing that the Luhyas have paraded many candidates to challenge us. This is unacceptable and we might be forced to challenge them in the six other slots which we wanted shared among five other constituencies in the county," he said.

The tour by the MP to the school to inspect projects was also attended by Teso South Parliamentary aspirants Robert Papa and Charles Kaunda.

"Those claiming that ODM is bad should wait for a shocker at the elections. He also warned voters against selling their votes, Kaunda lauded Ojaamong for transforming Amagoro constituency into a formidable place after finding it in 'rags'.

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