Why do Western leaders get it wrong?
BY ZACHARIA BARAZA
Leaders from Western Kenya are always getting our priorities wrong and yet they claim to have the interest of residents at heart.
Of interest was Oparanya, Atwoli and group meeting the President on Wednesday.
The core purpose of setting up Nzoia Sugar was to develop sugarcane crush and pay farmers in good time and improve the status of the county.
We expected the entire team to address media on the stairs of Harambee House and announce that the Government has released ksh 10 billion to help farmers in Western Kenya.
Football is not a core mandate of Nzoia Sugar Company.
Why should our leaders from entire Western with a population of over 7 million go to Statehouse and come with a by the way product -32-seater bus worth 3 million?
I am sure Francis Atwoli can buy it without going to State House.
When you go to State House, you do not come out with pledges you come out with goodies and l expected breaking news from the stairs of Harambee House.
We need projects that can spread its effect to the lowest person in the society and touch every village.
Last week same leaders were busy in Kakamega flouting Covid – 19 health guidelines while launching the construction of Kakamega airstrip to enable them land safely and faster as they campaign for BBI and Luhya Unity.
That Airstrip has nill effect on the common mwanainchi of Western Kenya but has a greater effect on the elite of Western Kenya.
The Western Kenya elite have never used Msamaria Mwema bus service, Mbukinya,Otange ,Eldoret Express or any other public transport to Nairobi.
They have put their safety and those of their family first as they visit their rural home in Western Kenya.
We have had airstrips in all our counties for nearly a century -what has it done to improve our economic status?
The answer is we need an airport like Eldoret, Kisumu or Malindi which will change the status of Western Kenya.
Our leaders need to go for negotiation skills, or they should emulate Central Kenya leaders.
After taking tea at State House, you do not jump into the bus and drive away so first as they did on Wednesday.
They should have told the President that we don’t need the bus dearly -we need projects that can uplift the lives of our people as they are very poor after collapse of all economic activities in Western Kenya.
They should have told the President that in our culture, you do not go to State House and go back empty handed.
Give us something small we take to the factories so that each farmer will be smiling all the way to the Bank despite Covid-19.
They should have asked the President to hold a press conference on the stairs of Harambee House and announce to the whole world the son of Mulembe is coming home with goodies for the people of Western Kenya.
Zacharia Baraza is a Nairobi based Businessman who hails from Bungoma County.