Lusaka ‘didn’t in­volve us’ in plan­ning fo­rum

‘Elected lead­ers were sent in­vi­ta­tion let­ters and text mes­sages to at­tend’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - BRIAN OJAMAA @ojamab

Two Bun­goma MPs have ac­cused Gover­nor Ken­neth Lusaka of not in­volv­ing county lead­ers in the plan­ning of the just-con­cluded trade sum­mit.

The Bun­goma In­vest­ment Trade Con­fer­ence started on Wed­nes­day last week and ended on Fri­day.

Kan­duyi MP Wa­fula Wa­mun­yinyi and his Ton­garen coun­ter­part Eseli Simiyu said they are dis­ap­pointed in the man­ner the event was or­gan­ised with­out them, as stake­hold­ers, be­ing in­volved.

“Elected lead­ers were sent in­vi­ta­tion let­ters and text mes­sages to at­tend the con­fer­ence,” Wa­mun­yinyi said. “A trade con­fer­ence of such mag­ni­tude can­not be or­gan­ised by one per­son or a sec­tion of lead­ers in the county and they ex­pect it to be a suc­cess.”

Wa­mun­yinyi on Fri­day said this was the main rea­son why most lead­ers skipped the con­fer­ence.

Eseli said all those in­volved in pro­vid­ing ser­vices at the con­fer­ence came all the way from Nairobi and out­side the county. “The tents, the sound sys­tem and those who pro­vided cater­ing ser­vices came all the way from Nairobi,” he said.

The MPs spoke in Maeni vil­lage, Kim­ilili con­stituency, when they met Ford Kenya party del­e­gates. They urged Lusaka to in­volve all the coun­try lead­ers in fu­ture events.

Dur­ing the sum­mit, the county signed close to Sh15 bil­lion agree­ments with in­vestors.

/BRIAN OJAMAA

Kan­duyi MP Wa­fula Wa­mun­yinyi ad­dresses the press in Maeni vil­lage, Kim­ilili con­stituency, on Fri­day

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