Natembeya tells off critics in Trans Nzoia tour

Rift Valley Regional CommissionerGeorge Natembeya plants a tree at the Cherang’any Technical Training Instituteduring his tour of infrastructural projects in Trans Nzoia on May 20, 2021.Photo/Courtesy

​​Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya has laughed off claims that he is using his tour of national government projects in Trans Nzoia to gain political popularity.

Natembeya who is being touted to vie for the region’s gubernatorial seat in 2022 said his priority is service and not forcing himself on residents.​​

“I don’t need to market myself as some politicians are alleging since am known. My focus is overseeing projects under management of the national government in all counties in the North Rift,” he spoke in Cherang’any.

The administrator spoke while on a two day tour of infrastructural projects within the region’s five sub counties which involves inspection of works on road networks, education institutions and the Kitale Airstrip among others.

Natembeya who toured several incomplete projects in Kwanza and Cherang’any Sub Counties attributed the delays in their completion to delays in funds disbursement occasioned by the harsh economic times.

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“It has emerged that some of the contractors have deserted the projects for lack of financing but this will be sorted out soon,” said Natembeya who chairs the Rift Valley Regional Development Implementation Committee.

The administrator is also set to hold a consultative forum with the Business community in Kitale town and with traders at the Suam border in Endebess Sub County where a business center will be set up on a 24 acre piece of land to spur economic growth.

Mr. Natembeya also challenged the area county government to work out on completing its unfinished projects to actualize the dream of devolution which is geared towards economic development.

If Natembeya will hang his administrative boots to hunt for the governor’s seat, he will face off  with Kimininin MP Chris Wamalwa, Maurice Bissau, Dr. Abraham Sing’oei, Moses Khaoya, Andrew Wanyonyi, Philemon Samoei, Janet Nangabo, Julia Kichwen and Teresa Metto among others.