Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka has assured that he will empower locals in giving tenders in his administration as the governor.

Speaking at Kufwela command center in Bungoma town where he met business operators on Friday, Lusaka said that the current Wangamati leadership doesn’t support locals instead it awards tenders to the companies from other regions saying that devolution came to benefit locals.

Lusaka said that when he was the first Bungoma governor he used his position as the county boss to empower locals by giving them tenders which saw a good number of them succeed and expand their business.
“If you are aware, during my tenure as the governor I gave tenders to your friends from Bungoma who later started business which in turn created more employment opportunities and that is the way I want this county to go,” he said.

Lusaka added that during his term as the governor he was able to construct roads within Bungoma town citing Lusaka road that passes behind the Bungoma county referral hospital that locals named it after him.

“The Lusaka road you hear people call in town I was not the one who gave it the name Lusaka but it was named after me by the road users, it was just a foot path but now you can see it’s a good road,” he said.

The Ford Kenya aspirant also said that if elected to be the governor Lusaka will streamline the trade loan to allow everybody benefit from it.

“I will streamline the trade loan to ensure it helps many youth and women groups in wards start Business,” he said.

Lusaka faulted Wangamati’s administration for failing to repair the security lights that were installed during his tenure to serve business operators in Bungoma County.

Lusaka urged western region to rally behind Ruto’s statehouse bid saying that he has a good agenda of transforming the country through his bottom up economic model.

“Ruto is the only presidential aspirant that has come to the grassroots to hear local grievances and that is the quality of a good leader,” Lusaka added.

He urged Bungoma to support his bid to become the governor assuring business operators of building them new markets and lowering the high taxes imposed to them by the current Wangamati leadership.

Lusaka said that he will continue with the same consultative meetings in the entire county with business operators to affirm them his support.

By Treeza Auma

Treeza Auma is a Digital Content Producer and founder of KTMN She is also Television journalist at Kenya News Agency and Leadership Accelerator at Women in News.

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