BUNGOMA COUNTY GOVERNOR PLEDGES TO WORK WITH RELIGIOUS LEADERS TOWARDS IMPROVING SOCIAL SERVICE PROVISION AND COHESION IN THE COUNTY



H.E Governor Kenneth Lusaka addressing religious leaders during a consultative meeting with members of Bungoma Interfaith Network on 17th June, 2015. On his far right is Mr. David Kabiti (Chief Officer-Ministry of Public Administration) and Hon. Beryl Mutekehele (CECM for Education, Youth and Sports and Ag. CECM for Health) on his immediate right


Religious leaders in Bungoma County operating under the egis of Bungoma County Interfaith Network and the leadership of Bungoma County Government have resolve to work together to promote development, improve social service delivery and enhance peace and cohesion in the county. This resolution was arrived at during a consultative meeting between Religious Leaders and the County Government at Mabanga Agricultural Training Institute, Bungoma County on 17th June, 2015. A delegation of 10 senior County Government Officers led by H.E Governor Kenneth Lusaka and 26 senior religious leaders representing Christian, Muslim and Hindu faith communities participated in the consultative meeting.
The meeting was held at a time when the County was experiencing serious challenges in the health sector with operations at the Bungoma District hospital almost grinding to a standstill.  This was a result of striking medical staff and lack of adequate medical equipment.
Speaking at the event, the chairman of Bungoma interfaith Network Bsp. Francis Bushebi acknowledged that change cannot be realised by one group pulling alone. He noted that positive development can only be realised through concerted effort by all stakeholders. He assured the Governor of the Religious Leaders’ support for the Government’s plans geared towards promoting peace, development and cohesion in the county.  


Bungoma County IFN Chainman Bishop Francis Bushebi (standing) giving the opening remarks during a consultative meeting between RLs and the county government on 17th June, 2015.


The Governor H.E Kenneth Lusaka, while responding to a petition by religious leaders during the meeting, stated that devolution is touching people’s lives positively and that there is adequate evidence to that effect. He however cautioned that devolution cannot solve all challenges at once hence the need for patience with the County Government as they identify a working formula that will deliver good services for the people of Bungoma. 
He noted that although considerable amount of resources have been channelled towards modernising health infrastructure in the County, the returns may not be immediate. This is because most of the infrastructure inherited from the national government has been in existence since the colonial era hence dilapidated. Some of the health infrastructure requires a complete overhaul, a process which needs adequate time and resources.
To emphasise the County Government’s commitment towards improving healthcare, the Governor mentioned the County has secured support of hospital equipment worth Ksh. 50 million shillings from partner in the USA. The support comprises of a renal dialysis machine, an electro cardiac machine, a dental x-ray, ICU beds and assorted diagnostic equipment.
The governor stressed the need for all political leaders and religious leaders to work together for the benefit of the county. He urged religious leaders to pray for political leaders in the County to serve with honesty and dedication. He reaffirmed the government’s commitment in working with the religious leaders in the county in developing and disseminating the government’s plans. He concluded by saying that religious leaders have a critical role in contributing to the development the county’s policies and auditing their implementation.