Bomet Senator commends county assembly for passing over 40 bills in the last three years

Bomet Senator Prof. Wilfred Lesan has commended the work of Bomet County Assembly for managing to pass over 40 Bills in the last three years which have since been adopted as law by the executive despite facing a myriad of challenges.

“These honorable members must be accommodated in good premises so that they can play their three roles of representation, legislation and oversight for the good of this county,” he noted.

The senator was speaking at the Bomet County Assembly while delivering a key note address to the house on Tuesday after it resumed after a week-long recess.

The senator at the same time lauded the members for the bigger number of bills they have passed in the last three years but regretted that most of the proposed bills have not been implemented to the latter.

He cited the early childhood centers which the executive had proposed and voted funds for its construction on the advent of the devolution but most are yet to be functional.

He at the same time regretted that most of the projects being undertaken were not in conformity with the bills of quantities and that the executive should adhere to government procedures for the sake of faster development in the region.

Prof. Lesan said the house standing orders should be amended to emulate that of the senate in order to ensure that voting by delegation was adhered to in a situation where an area had two members of the assembly, one being elected while the other was nominated.

The senator decried the level of corruption in Bomet and that in the latest report by auditor general Mr. Edward Ouko listed the region as number five among the 47 counties.

The speaker Kipng’etich commended the senator for playing a major role in supporting the Assembly to be funded to achieve its targeted roles including the construction of new chambers and other amenities that will improve service delivery at the county Assembly and assure safety for members and public.

The premises that the Assembly is using for house business has since been condemned by the National Construction Authority (NCA) and Public health offices as not fit for human habitation and the assembly has embarked on an ambitious Sh. 600 million upgrading of facilities which will include a Sh. 200 million 70 members sitter chambers and other amenities that will include restaurants, health facility, gym, offices and modern parking lots among other necessary facilities to be implemented in the 2016/17 financial year.

In the current budget, the speaker said the senate had assisted the Assembly get an allocation of Sh.519 million for recurrent expenditure and Sh.116 million for development.