Laboso officially opens Bomet county Assembly
The Bomet Governor, Dr. Joyce Laboso has told Members of the County Assembly to respect the two arms of government for smooth running of the County to spur economic development.
Laboso made the remarks on Tuesday at the Assembly while presiding over the official opening of the second County Assembly of the devolved unit.
She pointed out that all elected, nominated or appointed leaders in the region should work as a team for the benefit of the residents of Bomet County.
Laboso further pointed out that during the launch of her manifesto, she enlisted seven points’ agenda to be undertaken in her reign and promised residents that she would adhere to it for their benefit.
The highlights included education, road network, agriculture, water, urban planning, and contracts for youths, women and people with disabilities and health sector, among other avenues and which she promised to ensure that they are accomplished.
The governor regretted that the county’s work force was bloated which she said stood at 52 per cent and was consuming into development and service provision budgets.
At the same time, she said the move showed that most of the budget provisions went to personal emoluments instead of development.
Laboso said most of the staff were employed on contract basis and hence reflects that they were not qualified for pensions, loans and the situation needed to be corrected once and for all.
She revealed that a staff audit was ongoing and the committee undertaking the task will report to her office for necessary action with those to be retained and others realigned.
Laboso promised that her administration will at least construct two Early Childhood Education Centres in every ward and told MCAs to take a front hand in ensuring that these centres were identified properly in their units.
The governor promised great changes in her 100 days in office, from environmental sustainability to beautification of Bomet town to attract tourists.
“My office doors are wide open and MCA’s can always meet me for consultation, in case they had pertinent issues in their areas of jurisdiction that required urgent attention as per the people’s areas of dire needs,” she stated.
Laboso said now that the new Assembly had resumed its duties, she said she anticipated that the seven bills pending will be approved soon for the sake of faster development for the local residents.
She said she expected MCAs to undertake their duties of legislation, representation and oversight as required, with a view to enhancing the County’s economic growth.
Laboso said the region being a Jubilee zone, the MCA’s were now expected to go back to their Wards and start rolling out campaign trails for the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy, William Ruto in the repeat presidential polls slated for October 17.
The MCA’s led by the deputy speaker, Wesly Kiprotich, the leader of majority, Josphat Kirui and the leader of minority, Andrew Maritim praised the speech which will be discussed by the House once it resumes.
By Joseph Obwocha