Teso North MP Oku Kaunya has reiterated President Uhuru Kenyatta’s advice that old projects should first be completed before new ones are initiated.
Speaking during the National Assembly Security Committee’s courtesy call on Busia County Commissioner on Friday, Kaunya expressed concern that construction of the DCC’s office in Butula, which was started in 2006 had not been completed 14 years down the line.
Kaunya said Sh14 million out of the Sh30 million total cost of the project had been spent on the project to date.
The MP argued that the government was losing in terms of cost of building materials which keep increasing due to delays in project completion.
Kaunya recommended that incomplete projects be completed within the specified time limits.
“There is a need to add a timeline to ensure that the project in Butula is completed within this financial year,” he said.
Busia Deputy County Commissioner Joseph Onyango proposed that the County be given special treatment when it comes to allocation of resources owing to the fact that it is a border county.
Onyango pointed out that the County was left on its own at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic when it had a challenge of testing truck drivers.
“Because of the unique nature of the County, we are requesting that the County be given a special consideration,” he said adding that the two border posts at Malaba and Busia border experience a challenge in testing truck drivers.
Present during the courtesy call were Homabay town MP Peter Kaluma and Suna West MP Peter Masara.
By Salome Alwanda