Kakamega projects 75% done – Kutima

Oparanya hopes to get re­elected on ac­count of his de­vel­op­ment record

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - HIL­TON OTENYO @hiltonotenyo

Most projects launched by the Kakamega gov­ern­ment in ed­u­ca­tion and health are 75 per cent com­plete, Deputy Gov­er­nor Philip Kutima has said.

Kutima said a re­port by an ad hoc com­mit­tee ap­pointed by Gov­er­nor Wy­cliffe Oparanya to es­tab­lish the sta­tus of the pro­grammes shows most build­ings are at the roof­ing stage.

He said the county teach­ing and re­fer­ral hospi­tal whose con­struc­tion be­gan in June this year is 35 per cent done.

“The main chal­lenge is de­layed dis­burse­ment of funds by the Na­tional Trea­sury which slows down the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the projects,” Kutima said.

The deputy gov­er­nor chairs the County Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion Com­mit­tee.

He said the ad hoc com­mit­tee chaired by county Chief of Staff Nabii Nab­w­era vis­ited 651 project sites at dif­fer­ent stages of im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Oparanya hopes to get re­elected on ac­count of his first term’s de­vel­op­ment record.

On Thurs­day he said pi­o­neer gov­er­nors spent the bet­ter part of the first term set­ting up struc­tures to im­ple­ment de­vo­lu­tion, and de­serve a sec­ond term to en­able them to com­plete what they started.

Ma­jor projects by the Kakamega gov­ern­ment in health in­clude the con­struc­tion of the Shamakhubu Sub­county Hospi­tal in Shinyalu, Mu­mias Sub­county Hospi­tal in Mu­mias West and the county teach­ing and re­fer­ral hospi­tal in Lu­rambi sub­county.

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