Rift Valley regional commissioner George Natembeya has slammed low bursary allocations for needy students by the county government of Trans Nzoia and other levels saying the little cash is not helpful at all.
Mr. Natembeya took issue with members of the county assembly of Trans Nzoia for not prioritizing education by allocating more funds to the cause during budgeting yet it is a key pillar of development.
“I am surprised that students are getting as low as two thousand shillings as bursary allocation by the county government. This is a joke because that does not even fit to be pocket money,” he spoke at Salama farm in Endebess Sub County.
The administrator who is eyeing the Trans Nzoia gubernatorial seat in 2022 also hit out at MPs in the region for failing to address land related issues in the region through petitions at the national assembly.
“More than 80% of residents of Trans Nzoia have no title deeds. MPs have failed to address this at the floor of parliament to have funds allocated to address this menace yet they are aware that it I’d a change” Mr. Natembeya said.
He promised to change the order if elected as governor by ensuring budgetary allocations are prioritised towards addressing the region’s socio-economic challenges instead of financing bench marking trips
“The essence of leadership is to provide direction and not mere politicking. We will seek to address the challenges that have affected growth in this region owing to a lack of solutions,” said Mr. Natembeya.
He also directed chiefs in Endebess Sub County to expedite the issuance of identity cards to youths who apply for the documents instead of subjecting them to frustrations that have seen most of them miss out on opportunities.
“Chiefs should not frustrate the efforts by youths who have attained the legal age of acquiring national identity cards. Anybody who is told to pay money in order to have the ID processed should report the matter to me for quick action,” Natembeya told the applicants.