Complete road project, elders tell Suba South MP Caroli Omondi

Suba South MP Caroli Omondi. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

The Abasuba Council of Elders wants Suba South MP Caroli Omondi to work with the government to revive tarmacking of a stalled 73 km road in the area.

The Mbita- Sindo-Magunga-Sori road which connects Migori and Homa Bay counties was started more than five years ago but it has stalled.

Suba South is the only Constituency that does not have a tarmacked road in Homa Bay County.

Elders in the area led by the Council chairman in Gwassi region Valentine Odhuno, the Council Secretary Job Ikawa and other members want to work with President William Ruto's government to revive the construction of the road.

The elders who were joined by youths and traders in Magunga town, appealed to the government to consider completing the road.

The senior citizens told Omondi to work with the government and influence the implementation of development projects.

Addressing journalists, Odhuno said they are relying on cooperation between Omondi and the Kenya Kwanza Government to influence the construction of the road.

"We elected Omondi and gave him mandate to co-operate with President William Ruto to complete this road and other development projects in the constituency," Odhuno said.

He argued that completion of the road will spur economic growth in the area.

"What we want is development and that is why we elected Omondi to go and woo various agencies which can help us here," he added.

The Council Secretary in Kaksingri region Job Ikawa who read the elders' joint statement told political leaders to stop criticising Omondi for collaborating with the government.

Ikawa said the Omondi's visit to the State House last week occurred through their blessings.

"Anybody who is criticising our MP for collaborating with the President to bring to us development is an enemy of the people of Suba South," Ikawa said.

The Council member Paul Kitoro challenged elected leaders in Nyanza region to focus on development rather than mere politics for their selfish interests.

He argued that there is a group of politicians in Nyanza region who only focus on politics instead of development.

"Elected political leaders have salaries a number of them from Nyanza region do not care about interest of the common man. Let them stop cricising MPs who are collaborating with the government to influence development projects for the people," he said.

Linet Odongo who is also the chairperson of traders decried the state of Magunga town which cannot be accessed with vehicles during rainy seasons despite being sub-county headquarters.

"Magunga it cannot be accessed with vehicles during rainy seasons due to poor roads. Let the government help us. We welcome President Ruto here for talks on development," said Odongo.

ODM party is currently afflicted with wrangles after nine MPs from Luo Nyanza met President Ruto in the State house last week. They include Omondi, Tom Ojienda, Elisha Odhiambo, Felix Odiwuor, Gideon Ochanda, Mark Nyamita, Paul Abuor, Walter Owino, and Shakeel Shabir (Independent).