Ruto Responds to Creation of New County in Western

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Ruto Responds to Creation of New County in Western

On Sunday, January 21, President William Ruto announced his intention to advocate for the establishment of Teso County, to be formed by separating it from Busia.

Addressing a political gathering in the area, Ruto acknowledged the challenges but asserted that, in his capacity as the Head of State, he would actively work towards making the case a reality.

The matter of establishing Teso County has been a source of disagreement in the region, and this contention was apparent during Ruto’s visit. His speech was interrupted as he had to address the request related to the creation of Teso County.

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“What you are asking me is hard but I will try my best,” Ruto promised amidst cheers from Teso residents.

However, the President issued a warning, stating that he would not fulfill the request from Teso residents if they continued to support his political opponents.

He highlighted his efforts in launching roads, constructing health facilities, and providing other social amenities in the area.

Despite these initiatives, the region consistently favored Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio movement, as their preferred presidential candidate.

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“If you want me to continue working for you, then you must also reciprocate during the voting period,” he stated after being asked to facilitate the creation of Teso County.

Western leaders, including Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula, and Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba, assured President Ruto of the region’s political support.

The residents of the area had proposed the formation of Teso County and Saboti County (separated from Trans Nzoia), and these recommendations were submitted to the National Dialogue Committee.

These suggestions will undergo parliamentary discussions in February before reaching President Ruto and Azimio Leader Raila Odinga for further consideration.

During a comparable tour of the region on January 16, Raila Odinga rejected the proposal for the establishment of Teso County.

“A nation like the United States has 52 States with Texas being bigger than Kenya. The country has 47 counties, and when the counties are large, development is well streamlined. Smaller counties are not the solution,” Raila remarked then.

He clarified that the initial plan aimed for fewer counties, with the original proposal suggesting the amalgamation of Kakamega and Bungoma into a single county.

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Ruto Responds to Creation of New County in Western

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