The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Washiali Told to Back Kakamega Projects

Officials of the Kakamega government have asked Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali to stop his attacks on county funded projects.

The political adviser in the office of the deputy governor, Justin Mutobera, asked washiali to support governor Wycliffe Oparanya's bid to develop the county instead.

Last week at a burial in Lubinu village, Washiali accused Oparanya of sidelining wananchi and stakeholders in development planning.

He said Oparanya does not involve MPs in identifying key projects to be funded by the county government in their constituencies.

Washiali said this has resulted in duplication of projects by the government and the CDF committees in some areas.

Speaking to reporters in Mumias town yesterday, Mutobera said Washiali should only complain if his constituency has been sidelined in development projects.

"In any case, the MP has a kitty he is controlling and should partner with the governor to enrich members of his constituency," he said.

The director of communications in the office of the governor, Samuel Wetungu, said the governor has occasionally invited MPs to discuss the development agenda for their constituencies.

"Unfortunately, Hon Washiali has never attended any of these meetings and is not able to understand how the governor comes up with development projects at the constituency level," said Wetungu.

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