The Former Bungoma County Assembly Speaker, John Makali has underscored the need for a 24 hour economy for the entire country’s major towns to boost development and help the country attain middle income status.
Makali said Bungoma’s proximity to the border made it ideal for full time economy, and called on Governor Wycliffe Wangamati to improve on the poor lighting on the streets, especially those adjacent to the malls if the concept was to work.
He said poor lighting was a threat to security making it impossible for shop owners to keep their premises open late into the night and for shoppers to be on the streets at night.
Makali said that a 24 hour economy would automatically see the transport, electricity and water sectors improve to be able to keep up with the growing demands.
He was speaking on Monday during the burial of the late Laurian Kollikho in Kanduyi. Before his death, the deceased served in former governor Ken Lusaka’s government as the Executive Committee Member for Agriculture
The former speaker also asked Wangamati to set aside funds and equally install surveillance cameras as part of the county’s plan to beef up security and ensure a conducive environment that would encourage late night shoppers, otherwise bogged down by other duties during the day.
He also urged other elected County leaders to join hands in making this dream a reality, arguing that a 24 hour economy would not only create jobs but also spur economic growth through increased productivity .
Makali, who contested the Kandunyi parliamentary seat on an ODM ticket but lost to Ford Kenya’s, Wafula Wamunyinyi, also expressed willingness in working with the current County government to ensure faster development in the region.
He appealed to all those who contested for various seats in the 2017 elections but lost to join hands and help those who won to implement development programmes for the County.
Source: Kenya News Agency