Eric Juma @PeopleDailyKe
Lake Region Economic Bloc chairman Wycliffe Oparanya has asked the region’s assemblies to expedite the passage of economic bloc bill to allow its operations and establishment of a bank that will respond to the region’s economic stress.
Governor Oparanya asked assemblies to pass the 2018 Lake Region Economic Bloc Bill without amendments for it has standardised details that capture the 14 counties.
Speaking at a hotel in Kisumu, the chairman said governors entrusted with leadership, have interests of voters at heart and have harmonised the document, adding that its contents have issues that affect the 14 counties.
Flanked by Siaya Deputy Governor James Okumbe, Kisii Governor James Ongwae, Oparanya said making amendments as demanded by the MCAs will mutilate the document that has already been given the green light by county bosses.
“We appeal to the assemblies leadership to lobby members to ratify the document the way it is because the amendments would water down its contents and jeopardise its objectives that extends to the 14 counties,” he said.
Governor Ongwae, however, gave in to the pressure mounted on them by Majority and Minority leaders and asked them to discuss the amendments outside the chambers and forward it to the Economic bloc secretariat to notify the summit but urged them not to change the document much because it is a reflection of 14 counties.