By Peter Ologi
Leaders and constituents from Uriri sub county in Migori have called for peace ahead of the launch of the electronic NG-CDF bursary application program for the learners in the sub county.
In a press briefing before the official launch of the program, Senior Sargent Churchill Obera who is the deputy commander in Uriri assured the residents of the tight security plans to ensure the safety of the would be attendants.
“ We have already made sure that more than 30 security officers will be around to man the occasion and provide security for every attendant of the occasion,” said Mr. Churchill.
The launch of the online bursary application for Mr. William Mbeche, the sub county manager says that will be an achievement for the member of parliament as it will be the first constituency to roll out the program as well as reducing the paperwork and the cost of vetting thousands of the applicants.
While the launch of this program comes with challenges of low network connectivity in some areas within the sub county apart from it being seen to be favour the educated lot, the leaders have said that there are plans to go manual.
The program also aims at reducing double application from the learners apart from ghost applicants who register non-existent learning institutions and later sell the cheques to desperate parents in need of school fees.
Speaking on the behalf of teachers, Mr. Christian Otieno, the KNUT chairperson Rongo chapter said that the online application program will now reduce the biasness, favours as well as eliminating the cartels who have been selling the bursary application forms.
The leaders however called upon other politicians to refrain from playing politic games as the occasion is education oriented, which cuts across all. They have urged youths to be peace makers ahead of, during and after the occasion and refrain from being influenced to cause chaos.