ACCOUNTABILITY

Counties still poor despite billions from state – Omogeni

Says they are still struggling despite getting the resources

In Summary

•Omogeni called upon leaders to ensure the resources are used properly to develop devolved units. 

•He said the county bosses need to take time and reflect on what has not been achieved before they start campaigning. 

Nyamira Senator Okong'o Omogeni at a past event in Nyamira County
Nyamira Senator Okong'o Omogeni at a past event in Nyamira County
Image: ALVIN RATEMO

Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni has said the counties are underdeveloped hence the need for leaders to push for more.

During an interview with a vernacular radio station on Tuesday, Omogeni said the counties are still struggling despite getting resources from the national government.

He called upon leaders to ensure the resources are used properly to develop devolved units. 

“As we take part in the seventh annual devolution conference, we must consider these issues,” the senator said.

The senator was speaking concerning the conference happening in Makueni.

He said the county bosses need to take time and reflect on what has not been achieved before they start campaigning. 

Omogeni said residents in most counties are not satisfied with what devolution has done for them and are complaining about development.  

He said there is a need for accountability to ensure funds from the national government are used to help residents. 

“Residents are complaining about the poor state of roads, inadequate ECDE classes, inadequate agricultural facilities, poor health care approach among other issues,” Omogeni said.

He urged youths to be careful not to be used by leaders to cause unnecessary tension in meetings.

“Some of our leaders are not conducting peaceful campaigns. They are ferrying youths to cause unrest, they should desist from such as we approach the general elections,” the senator said.

Edited by Kiilu Damaris

Nyamira Senator Okong'o Omogeni at a past function in Nyamira County
Nyamira Senator Okong'o Omogeni at a past function in Nyamira County
Image: ALVIN RATEMO