I am not preaching Tribalism – governor Ojaamong answers Ababu Namwamba

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.
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” 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.
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 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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