BendAburu Alert.. Bunge leaders from Nyanza counties; Siaya, HomaBay, Kisumu, Migori, Nyamira and Kisii yesterday launched an umbrella pressure group
Bunge leaders from Nyanza counties; Siaya, HomaBay, Kisumu, Migori, Nyamira and Kisii yesterday launched an umbrella pressure group: ‘Bunge La Wenye Nchi Nyanza Region Caucus”
The inauguration, said to be in response to failure, by the regions’ elected leaders and county governments, since the onset of devolution seven years ago, to enhance development . The ongoing rampant corruption and mismanagement of public resources in some of the Nyanza Counties at the expense of development was a key concern of various speakers at the well-attended launch at Kibos Railway Hall.
A response to failure by the regions’ elected leaders and county governments to enhance development since the onset of devolution seven years ago.
An Interim Steering Committee led by HomaBay Bunge La Wenye Nchi Speaker, Walter Opiyo, deputized by Joshua Owino his Kisumu counterpart, with Peter Ouma Muga the Regional Co-ordinator among others was announced.
The launch was attended by representatives of Kisumu Women County Rep, Ms. Rosa Buyu, and also attended by Mrs Grace Akumu an aspirant for the Women Rep for Kisumu County in 2017 election. Mr. J. Omuoyo and Joyce Nyakwechi delegates from Bunge La Wenye Nchi Kisii County sent their apologies.
Mr. Opiyo, said the Umbrella body will continue the non-partisan fight for wanainchi [citizens] rights, citing the failure by the many of the regions’ elected leaders, and central government agencies to look into the welfare of the electorate especially in the fight against corruption.
He singled out failure by the regions’ County Assemblys and Senators in providing oversight in management of public resources. An unfortunate reality which since the beginning of devolution continues to put progress in the counties at risk through ‘under-investment in the key drivers of the regions’ economy, ill-conceived policy and lack of good governance.”
One of Founders, and Regional Co-ordinator, Mr. Ouma Muga, said the platform was being launched at a time when Kenyans, and especially those in Nyanza counties are yearning for meaningful change and tangible development currently curtailed by the runaway corruption in some of the Nyanza counties which are trailing and increasingly being left behind in every indicator of development”
“This platform will provide an opportunity for the Bunge la Wenye Nchi fraternity in the region to up-scale the oversight activity in the Nyanza counties, enhance public participation in all projects and spur development in these counties currently riddled with nepotism and runaway blatant corruption. Mr. Ouma Muga added. “We aim among others to upscale our advocacy for accountability and good governance using various tools at our disposal ”
This platform will provide an opportunity for the Bunge la Wenye Nchi fraternity in the region to up-scale the oversight activity in the Nyanza counties – Peter Ouma Muga, Regional Co-ordinator.
The joint Bunge inititive comes hot in the heels of the Bunge la Wenye Nchi – HomaBay recent petitions successfully challanging the lack of public participation in the budgeting process by the County govenement of HomaBay. Besides the ongoing popular grass-root driven signature collection campaign to suspend the HomaBay county government. Mr. Peter Owuor, of Kondele Bunge La Wenye Nchi and the groups Treasurer urged the other Bunge La Wenye Nchi to emulate the example of HomaBay Bunge in the fighting for citizen rights.
Apart from holding joint rallies, filing legal petitions, workshops and open Bunge meetings across the counties, the coming together of these Bunge La Wenye Nchi from the various counties was also lauded by various speakers as the solution to the current failed leadership by the politicians. “It’s timely and addresses the need for a citizens-led mass movement that would engender public awareness in their choice of leaders added Muhochi Muhochi, the 2nd Organising Secretary.
The articulate Ms. Hellen Abuor, whose is the Regional Women Democrat encouraged women to fight for their rightful place in socieity. She urged them to participate in competitive politics citing that with their numbers, they can get the corrupt people out of office or else their children and the entire community in Nyanza will continue to suffer lack of development.
Mr. Opiyo decried the recent use of hired gangs to terrorise professionals at the HomaBay Referal Hospital who were demanding for their right -salary. He said no amount of intimidation will cow the Bunge La Wenye Nchi from advocating for the rights of the citizens, and mentioned that the civic education will target some of these gangs.
Chair Kisumu City Square Bunge la Wenye Nchi, Mr. Simira decried the tendency by some of the Bunge in Kisumu of being mouthpieces of politicians, and urged them to desist from using the Bunge to solicit various favours including money from Politicians.
The groups’ next Bunge meeting is scheduled for 26th April 2019 at Opposite Aindi Gardens, Siaya Town, Siaya County.