Kakamega county residents staged protests on Saturday August 8 outside the office of Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, over demolition of their business structures ahead of a planned tour of the county by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.
The irate residents accused Governor Oparanya of bringing down their structures to please the Visiting CS, and demanded to know how the Covid-19 funds allocated to the county have been used.
Led by the Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala, the residents demanded to have an audience with the governor before the tour with CS commenced.
“I visit this hospital every week on Monday and afterwards, I send a report to Oparanya, indicating the equipment that is needed. Currently, two or three doctors have coronavirus…Hence, I have decided that boardroom meetings are not working and that is why we are here,” Senator Malala stated.
Malala also accused the governor of failing to distribute food that has already been donated by a number of organizations to the most vulnerable in the county.
Police officers tried to disperse the crowd but their efforts bore no fruits.
Regardless of the happenings, the governor, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa and Kagwe continued with their tour as planned.
Governor Oparanya shared photos on his social media with the delegation touring Mumias Level 4 Hospital stating that over 16 Covid-19 patients had been treated successfully so far at the facility.
Mumias Level 4 Hospital is one of my legacy projects.
The hospital is a Covid-19 treatment center. I am proud the hospital has successfully treated over 16 Covid-19 patients.
— Wycliffe A. Oparanya (@GovWOparanya) August 8, 2020
CS Kagwe has been touring the counties and is currently in the Nyanza region on a four-day tour to assess the impact of Covid-19 in Kisii, Homa Bay, Kisumu and Bomet counties and their preparedness.