State pun­ishes Cord zones, says Oparanya

‘A Sh200m, Bel­gium-funded project for Kakamega has been moved to Bun­goma’

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

Kakamega Gover­nor Wy­cliffe Oparanya has ac­cused the na­tional gov­ern­ment of di­vert­ing a project meant for his county to Bun­goma be­cause its gover­nor is Ju­bilee-friendly.

He said the Sh200 mil­lion project funded by the Bel­gium gov­ern­ment was meant for Kakamega to con­vert med­i­cal waste into en­ergy.

“When I was Plan­ning min­is­ter, we ne­go­ti­ated a Sh5 bil­lion pro­gramme to es­tab­lish in­cin­er­a­tion plants in all provin­cial hos­pi­tals,” Oparanya said.

He said the hos­pi­tals would use the plants to pro­duce elec­tric­ity for their own con­sump­tion, while dis­pos­ing of their waste in an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly way.

“In Western, the plant was to be es­tab­lished at the Kakamega County Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, but it has now been changed to Bun­goma,” Oparanya said.

Oparanya ad­dressed a pub­lic rally on Fri­day in Ebushit­inji Grounds af- ter in­spect­ing projects in Butere. He said the gov­ern­ment has re­neged on a pledge of Sh2 bil­lion to build Kakamega County Teach­ing and Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal.

“I asked the Pres­i­dent and he ac­cepted. He asked me to of­fi­cially make a re­quest, which I did. How­ever, Health CS Cleopa Mailu re­cently told me he would be will­ing to as­sist, but pol­i­tics is a bad thing,” he said.

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