Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has denied claims by Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba that he was preaching tribalism to win sympathy votes saying they were politically motivated.
Speaking in the Governor’s Okilidu home on Monday, Ababu claimed Ojaamong was spreading tribalism with a view to retaining his gubernatorial seat in 2017 general elections.
Ababu also blamed recent fire tragedies in the county to lack of fire fighting engines. He also questioned why the County sent a large delegation to the Third Annual devolution conference in Meru.
Addressing the press in his office on Tuesday, Ojaamong said it is the first time in history that the county has heard cohesion with residents having trust in their government save for a few MPs who feel otherwise for political reasons.
” I urge the residents of the county to continue living in harmony and co-exist with each other as his government strives to realize its development agenda,” he said.
The Governor reminded his critics that disaster management was still the core function of the national government as per schedule four of the constitution and advised MPs to come up with projects from the National Government relating to disaster management instead of throwing blames to the County Government.
“ My government is in the process of procuring modern fire fighting engine which will be purchased by the end of this month. The contractor who is expanding the Northern corridor from Korinda to the border has also pledged to buy for us one fire engine.
The National Government could not buy these equipments for 52 years and now they expect the county government to perform miracles in two years,” he said, adding that his government is putting up a disaster management centre where disaster related services will be discharged.
Flanked by his deputy Kizito Wangalwa, the Governor also dismissed claims that health workers were on go slow. ” We have promoted all the nurses who were due for promotion except two doctors whose cases will be dispensed this week.
He said scarcity of drugs in hospitals is another mudslinging campaign by enemies of his administration. ” I was in Bulwani Island in Bunyala at the weekend and Chamasiri in Teso North where residents expressed happiness that cases of drugs shortage was now history.
On the County delegation to Meru, Ojaamong said the day is in the calendar of Council of Governors where staff from the county meet to benchmark and reflect on the achievements made since devolution became a reality, adding that they had budgeted for it.
On claims that Busia county referral mortuary had driven away locals owing to its pathetic state, Ojaamong said the claim was not true. ” We had only a few isolated cases which were being addressed. Other mortuaries in Port Victoria, Butula and Kocholia were in good state,” he said.
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