Dear Good People of Busia County,
To realize our vision for Busia County, we first and foremost need to put our political affiliations aside and work as a team. Remember the saying, ‘United we stand and divided we fall’. It is my prayer that in Busia County, we will always look at things within the same telescopic lenses and have a united approach to matters development without necessarily compromising our principles. As leaders, we must be able to adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.
People of Busia, as we envisage making Busia the County of Choice in Kenya, the County leaders will need to work on identifying alternative livelihoods and improving the existing ones so that our people will have numerous alternatives and as such, be spoilt for choice. This is the only way of empowering them economically and socially and, the only way of making Busia the land of opportunities.
I am well aware that this vision I have for our County may seem out of reach for now. So, it is not surprising that some would have us stay where we are at a little longer to rest, to wait. But this I tell you, nothing good has been done by such people. This County of Busia, the entire Country of Kenya was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. This Country was built by those who moved on a slogan of "forward ever backward never". This is how Busia County will be built. The road to this envisaged success may not be an easy walk for a start but definitely it has a finish line. It may seem farfetched but I assure you it is real, it may seem miles away but reachable, rough but navigable. YES WE CAN DO IT and WE HAVE TO DO IT. We have to do it since the alternative is not an option, unthinkable and outright bad for our beautiful County. Devolution is alive and it's bringing more resources to the people, hence with God first, a positive Vision, Hope, Determination and great leaders, we will make it.
As leaders, the onus is on us to individually and collectively serve as well as give back to the society. It is unfortunate that this Affirmative Women Representative seat was not allocated any funds like the Constituency Development Fund from the onset. However, without sitting back and complaining much has been achieved through my office. I am very proud to be among the first pioneer Women Representatives who have had to struggle and ensure that the right structures are put in place and most importantly fighting to ensure that the seat got some allocation from the National Government. It was a journey full of challenges but with wisdom and resilience we out maneuvered all of them, overcame them and finally secured some funds for the seat. The Funds though limited were first received in April, 2016. The fight is not yet over given the many demands that are received on a daily basis in the office. So the fight to get a bigger allocation is still on to ensure that the Affirmative Groups served by the fund are all reached. There has been a big gap especially in the support and sensitization of the Affirmative Groups and more attention is being to those areas from my office and briefly those areas are:
1.Enhancement of support to the Affirmative Action Groups. Busia County has one of the highest number of registered groups hence we felt it is important to hold various forums of civic education and community sensitization on the government programmes available for such groups such as the 30% procurement reservations for women, youth and persons with disabilities and also to inform them about the existence of other government social economic empowerment opportunities such as Uwezo Fund, Women Enterprise Fund and Youth Funds created for the groups and how they can access the various funds.
2.Affirmative Groups are being encouraged to engage in Table Banking. Many groups have been taken through the Table Banking Training. Table-banking is a group funding strategy where members of a particular group meet once every month, place their savings, loan repayments and other contributions on the table then borrow immediately either as long term or short term loans. The women use the money borrowed as capital for their livelihood projects. Many groups have been so far supported.
3.We are encouraging the Affirmative Groups to enhance their talents like art, bead making, music or sports. Most of the groups are being supported and nurtured to ensure their talent becomes a livelihood.
4.Groups are being supported through the office for value addition projects like purchase of tents, chairs, hatcheries, poultry, bee keeping and various projects that according to the group will enhance their group income. Many groups have benefited.
5.Busia County has many Cooperative Saccos and my office is closely working with them to ensure that they understand the dynamics of how a successful Sacco operates and what is expected of its officials and members.
These are just a few of the many programmes that we have running in the County Office.
At a National Level platform, I closely work with various Ministries to ensure that various requests from my County get fast tracked. I will not get tired of knocking many doors to get assistance for my people. I also work closely with the County Executive led by the Governor and County Assembly Members to put our development agenda into focus. I do this with the understanding that my freedom to pursue my own individual dreams is made possible by the promise that if fate causes me to stumble or fall, then my larger Busia County family will be there to lift me up. That if we're willing to share even a small amount of life's risks and rewards with each other, then we will all have the chance to make the most of our God-given potential.
So I need your help. I need your help to put back poor or orphaned children in classroom, ensure women, youth and PLWD are in well organized and legit profit making ventures. I need your help because I cannot do this alone. Single handedly, I cannot achieve much alone but together we will move albeit slowly but we will move far.
As we strive to make Busia County the best in the whole Country, let us always remember that Nothing is Impossible with God.
God bless you all as we make Busia GREAT!
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Busia is a county in the former Western Province of Kenya. It borders Kakamega County to the east, Bungoma County to the north, Lake Victoria and Siaya County to the south and Busia District, Uganda to the west.