A section of leaders from Garissa County led by area governor Ali Korane have vowed to reject the Punguza Mzigo initiative and pledged support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
Speaking in Sankuri Monday during a tour to inspect projects being undertaken by his administration, Korane said they had gone through the Punguza Mzigo proposals and found that much of it does not ‘address’ the real issues affecting people from the county.
“We have scrutinized the Punguza Mzigo initiative proposal and realized that it is offering little especially towards bettering the lives of our people,” Korane said.
Korane said they were eagerly waiting for the recommendations from the BBI where they gave their views during the country wide forums.
“We shall therefore wait for the BBI recommendations that we belief captured most of our concerns during their tour of Garissa when they were collecting public views,” he added.
Korane said they (leaders) decided to support BBI because what they recommended were based on the Big 4 Agenda of President Uhuru Kenyatta which they are also aligned to.
The governor urged politicians to shun early politicking saying it was derailing implementations of projects within the county.
“Lets us use the remaining few years to initiate and implement development projects that we promised our people during our campaign and was included in our manifesto,” the governor said.
“We are so into politics and gradually forgetting that we have promises we made to the electorate that we need to fulfil,” he noted.
Balambala MP Omar Shurie urged the national government to inject more resources towards mitigating on the adverse effects of the current drought in the county.
He said although the short rain season is expected, some pastoralists still require assistance before they transit to better pastures.
By Jacob Songok