Lugari Ward Member of the County Assembly (MCA), Grey Moi, has opened up on the case seeking to overturn his win that was filed by one of his competitors in the August 9 General Election, William Makhalanya.
The MCA has admitted that the case is a big challenge to his leadership as it has made him not to be settled to perform service as required.
Mr. Makhalanya, who raised serious claims of misconduct on the part IEBC officials in collusion with Mr. Moi, filed the case early this month and sued The IEBC, Lugari Constituency returning officer and Mr. Moi on grounds that the election was not conducted in a manner that is free and fair.
Speaking to the Western Kenya Times on phone, the leader said he is anticipating a positive judgement from the case whose hearing kicked off on 6th this month in Kakamega, and whose verdict will determine if the MCA will continue serving in officer or his win will be nullified for a fresh election.
“I need to be given time to work for my people, but now I am running up and down attending to court cases and at the same time attending to my office duties. I pray that the case is determined in my favor so that Lugari Ward can move forward,’ he said.
The MCA, despite the load of the case lying on his shoulder, said he has an impressive plan towards delivering service to the people of his ward.
He has his thoughts invested in improving services at the Marakusi and Lugari Forest dispensaries in a move to beef up healthcare.
“I am in talks with the Kakamega Deputy Governor (Ayub Savula) to engage the Minister of Health (Susan Nakhumicha) in order to upgrade the Marakusi Dispensary into a health center status as well as convert the three acres at Lugari Forest Dispensary into a health facility with a maternity wing,” he said.
Moi also has a plan to turn the stalled structure near the Lwanda Lugari Primary School into a dispensary to serve locals, and work on the Sirende Dispensary in equal measure.
Apart from healthcare, the MCA said he will use the Sh20 million Ward Development Fund from the County Government to open up feeder roads as well as connect the area to a water system.
“I have commissioned the area administrators to map all roads that need repair so that immediately the ward fund comes, we start working on them, giving priority to the most important ones,” he said.
The Kakamega County Government has also budgeted for a Sh2 million bursary per ward, which the MCA said will be given to deserving cases only.
“We will give priority to learners who are total orphans, those with single parents and those from totally poor backgrounds. There will be no cases of those who are able to pay fees benefitting from the program,” he said, adding that he is proposing the program kicks off in January.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.