ENOSH BOLO: AWITI ACOLYTE WHO WANTS HIM OUT
ENOSH BOLO, HOMA BAY COUNTY GOVERNOR ASPIRANT / “Devolution in Homa Bay county has not taken off,” he says emphatically, still shaking his head.
ENOSH Bolo shakes his head in disapproval.
“Devolution in Homa Bay county has not taken off,” he says emphatically, still shaking his head.
“Nothing has taken off, even though the county has received over Sh15 billion in the last four years. It’s like the county has been issued with a bad devolution cheque.”
At 43, Bolo, a management consultant, is as pragmatic as politicians come. He is forthright and expresses himself in a no-holds-barred manner, devoid of prevarication, eyes on the ball.
In 2013, Bolo was one of those dyedin-the-wool supporters of Governor Cyprian Awiti. He marshaled his mental, intellectual and financial resources to help shore up Awiti’s regime in the hope that it would hasten the pace of devolution.
He started an initiative to put in place systems that would help the new county government achieve sustainable development as laid out in the governor’s manifesto.
He soon realised the governor was not ready to deliver as he was “hot on ideas but cold in their implementation”.
They fell out in 2014, and Bolo declared his intentions to succeed Awiti.
“I have been on the ground campaigning since 2014. I have sustained the campaign for so long nothing will deter me from becoming the next governor.”
He says he is the best bet for the county because of his vast managerial capability, youthfulness, humble background and the fact that he is an inspiration to many.
“A tour of Homa Bay county opens eyes to the missed opportunities brought about by devolution,” he says
He has learnt painfully, though, that devolution is at the mercy of governors who lack the ability to harness the existing potential to lay a firm foundation for the counties to take off.
In his view, the national shareable revenue is not enough to transform the 47 counties.
What the counties need are governors with both private and public sector orientation and the ability to look for additional funds through a well-managed global fundraising programme.
Such governors, he says, should have the capacity develop ideas and pitch them to a global audience for financing.
Bolo is promising residents an opendoor policy that will offer leadership that is open to challenge; empower women and other vulnerable groups and make prudent use of the county’s resources.
Once elected, Bolo is promising to audit of development needs.
“THEY FELL OUT IN 2014, AND BOLO DECLARED HIS INTENTIONS TO SUCCEED AWITI.”