Kitui County Senator Hon. Enoch Kiio Wambua has today during afternoon plenary sitting, delivered his official address to the Third County Assembly pursuant to the provisions of the County Assembly Standing Order No. 21 (1).
In his speech, Sen. Kiio thanked the Speaker and the Assembly leadership for allowing him to address members of the Third Assembly. He also congratulated all Honourable members for their election in the last general election and the subsequent nominations.
Acknowledging that he was addressing the County Assembly when the County is battling several challenges like the current biting drought, insecurity, climate change effects, construction of high grand fall dam and resentments of the affected residents, Sen. Kiio reminded all elected leaders that they have the responsibility of coming up with the legislation to mitigate any imminent and resultant negative effects.
On the issue of the current drought situation in the county, Sen. Kiio urged Members of the County Assembly to come up with county laws that entrench irrigation agriculture in an effort to stop the overreliance on rain fed agriculture. ‘’This way, you will ensure our county is food secure’’, added Sen. Kiio.
‘’I also call upon the Executive and the Assembly of the County Government of Kitui, to find reason in the suffering of our people to work together to deliver the much-needed services and development projects to the electorate’’, reiterated Sen. Kiio.
Hon. Senator challenged the County Assemblies Forum to seek audience with the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Budget to lay a firm foundation and chart the best way forward to resolve financial challenges facing County Assemblies and Honourable Members. Sen. Kiio asserted that he is fully aware of open discrimination against members of County Assemblies on their car reimbursements, saying they should be treated like the Members of the National Assembly and the Senate on such matters.
Sen. Kiio was accompanied by Sen. Justice (Rtd) Stewart Madzayo, CBS, (Senate Minority Leader), Sen. Eddy Oketch (Migori County, ODM), Sen. Daniel Maanzo (Makueni County, Wiper), Sen. Beth Syengo (Nominated, ODM), Sen. Esther Okenyuri (Nominated, UDA) and Sen. Tabitha Mutinda (Nominated, UDA).