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President holds development talks with Western governors

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday held a working breakfast with governors of Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia, Trans Nzoia and Bungoma at Kakamega State Lodge to discuss development in their counties. The President, who arrived yesterday to a rousing welcome by Bungoma County residents, opened the Lwakhakha border point, launched two water projects and issued a charter to Kibabii University.

The President affirmed his commitment to continue working with county governments to enable the devolved units realize their goals. The governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Moses Akaranga (Vihiga), Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia) and Kenneth Lusaka (Bungoma) briefed the President of the projects they are undertaking for the benefit of their residents.

President Kenyatta said the National Government will continue working with local leaders on re-opening of Webuye Pan-Paper mills which is the economic hub of the Western region.

On Trans Nzoia, the President said more surveyors will be sent to Kitale to accelerate land adjudication in the area.

The surveyors are to remain in Kitale until adjudication work is completed, he added. “Lands ministry is sending 40 more surveyors in addition to the existing 23 to complete adjudication in readiness for issuance of 100,000 title deeds by February next year,” President Kenyatta said.

The Trans Nzoia Governor told the President of the county government’s plans to expand of Kitale town which is constrained by the surrounding forest.

Mr Khaemba said he would work with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to provide an alternative forest land on a swooping basis to enable the town to expand. The Governor said the County Government will work with the National Government on constructing a new university in Kitale town.

“Kitale Technical College will not be converted to a university as the county still require tertiary institutions,” the Governor said.

On Vihiga, President Kenyatta promised to visit and launch hospital projects. The President will also organize a tour of development projects in Busia to lay a foundation stone for the proposed Alupe University, visit the new sugar factory and upgrade the Sub-County General Hospital.

Kakamega Governor said his Government was planning for a new school of nursing as part of the expansion of Masinde Muliro University.

“My Government will partner with the National Government to source for the funding,” Mr Oparanya said.

The President told the county leaders that he would work with all elected leaders without bias on political affiliation to ensure Kenyans benefited from devolution.

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