By Kamadi Amata.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday held a meeting with a cross-section of Western Kenya leaders who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.
The Head of State assured the leaders, drawn from the five Western Kenya Counties of Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Trans-Nzoia and Vihiga, of the Government’s commitment to ensure all ongoing development projects in the populous region are completed as scheduled.
On their part, the leaders who included Defence Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Wilbur Ottichillo (Vihiga) and Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia) thanked the President for the various development projects which they said had transformed the lives and wellbeing of the people of Western Kenya.
The leaders particularly thanked President Kenyatta for his timely intervention that led to the degazettement of Chetambe Hills as a national forest reserve.
The enforcement of the July 2021 gazettement of the heavily-settled 406-acres of land would have led to the displacement of over 10,000 residents of Maraka and Mihuu Wards in Webuye East Constituency, Bungoma County.
this meeting comes days after various leaders from the region continue to realigned themselves to different political formation a head of August 9th 2022 general election. On Tuesday morning a section of local daily had reported that President Uhuru Kenyatta was scheduled to meet over 35 members of parliament from the western region.