Sirisia parliamentary aspirant Kasembeli Nasiuma has said that he quit a government job as a senior deputy director of budget at the national treasury to concentrate on politics with an aim of changing the face of changing the region.
In an interview with the media in Bungoma town, Kasembeli said that Sirisia needs a sober, focused and visionary leader who will take the region to the next level.
He added that MP Waluke had earlier on announced that he will vie for the gubernatorial seat in 2022 but Kasembeli’s interest in the seat gave him (Waluke) a panic to shelve his ambition to run for the same seat.
“When I was still in Nairobi on duty at the treasury, MP Waluke moved around the constituency telling residents that he would support my bid but he changed his mind at last,” Kasembeli said.
I won’t shelve my ambition. I was given the party ticket and ready to face off with Waluke in the August polls.
Kasembeli noted that he was approached by elders from Sirisia who asked him to come and vie for the seat because they saw the capability in him.
He said that Sirisia has lagged behind in developments especially in the education sector adding that in the last KCSE examination only one student scored a B + (plus).
He assured that if given an opportunity to serve as an MP he said that ensure that he puts the right criteria in place to ensure that needy students are getting the necessary support to access education, adding that all bursary beneficiary lists will be hung at chiefs’ offices.
“This is the time the issue of the bursary will be sorted once and for all, I will ensure that all needy students get support to access education,” he said.
On youth’s empowerment, Kasembeli said that he will help the groups get incubator machines so that they can create employment opportunities.
“In Bungoma County we have a Chicken slaughterhouse at Chwele market, immediately I take over as an MP I will purchase incubator machines to youth groups where they can rear chicken,” he said.
He said that he will also build social halls in all the three wards in Sirisia constituency so that it can offer free internet to use for googling and apply for online jobs.
“Nowadays most of the jobs are found online and the only way to make them readily available is to help them build a social hall equipped with the internet so that youths visit the site and do their online research,” he said.
The Ford Kenya aspirant also said that he will help the less fortunate and the elderly in Sirisia get insurance covers.
On party matters, Kasembeli said that he decided to use Moses Wetang’ula’s led-party Ford Kenya because it’s a party that has established roots in the region, faulting DAP-K party formation that has caused split in the Luhya land.
“If we need this region to be united as some leaders say, then we should stop forming tribal parties that have caused division in this region,” he said.
He lauded the Deputy President’s bold move to pick Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua as his running mate saying that Martha Karua won’t deliver votes for the Azimio la Umoja.