Residents of Changara in Teso North subcounty have petitioned the Senate to relocate them to Bungoma county.
Busia Senator Amos Wako made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon while addressing a special session of the county assembly. “The residents petitioned Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro demanding to be relocated to Bungoma county from Busia. He referred the matter to the Standing Committee of the Senate with the report to be sent back to him at an appropriate time,” he said.
The committee will hold public hearings in the location to collect residents’ views. Wako said he had written to Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and speaker Bernard Wamalwa.
Ojaamong, however, said he had not received Wako’s letter. He said a few politically instigated residents filed the petition to create confusion in Changara. “If anything, the 8,000-plus residents of the location would have petitioned the IEBC and not the Senate. They are very happy to be in Busia county where they have lived in harmony,” Ojaamong said.
Other way round
Kajoro clan chairman Cleophas Okisai denied any knowledge of the petition and said it will be rejected by the residents when it comes for public hearing.
“Residents of Changara petitioned the county assembly, complaining that the MP from a neighbouring constituency in Bungoma was undertaking most of his activities in Busia,” he said. “We also petitioned the Office of the President over our boundary with Bungoma and not the other way round. Our signatures could have been forged to have the list sent to the Senate.”
Wako also accused the assembly of colluding with the executive. “You are responsible for the good and bad that is happening in the county. If there is anything bad happening and you don’t exercise your oversight role effectively to correct it, as MCAs you will be answerable