Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony is set to call a meeting of all elected leaders at all levels in the county to discuss development issues.
Speaking on February 13, shortly after the County Assembly of Kericho was officially opened for its second session after a two month recess, Prof Chepkwony noted that there was need for the leaders to sit together and chart the way forward for the county.
“I will be calling for a leaders meeting within the course of this month because I want us as leaders to speak in one voice. The people of Kericho expect us to deliver development and we need to make that happen,” said Prof Chepkwony.
Kericho Deputy Governor Susan Kikwai, Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, Women Representative Florence Bore, County Assembly Speaker Dominic Rono and all 47 Members of County Assembly attended the meeting.
Mr Cheruiyot and Ms Bore supported the move by Prof Chepkwony, asking him to call the meeting as urgently as possible, noting that unity among the leaders of Kericho was paramount is development was to be witnessed over the next few years.
The leaders condemned some incidents which occurred last week where some leaders were heckled as they tried to cool down public anger caused by the stoning of public vehicles at the Kericho-Kisumu border.
“It has never been the habit of the people of Kericho to shout down their leaders or heckle them. We will fight that spirit in all ways we can. We do not want situations where leaders organize the heckling of fellow leaders. That will not be allowed in Kericho,” said Mr Cheruiyot.
Mr Rono, who spoke on behalf of the County Assembly, assured Prof Chepkwony that the members of County Assembly were determined and ready to work with the executive arm of the county government to boost development.
However, he also assured the residents of Kericho that the Assembly would play its oversight role effectively to ensure that public funds were utilized in the required manner.