Demonstrations will not solve the high cost of living, CS cautions
Friday, March 31, 2023
By Geoffrey Makokha
Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Digital Economy (ICT) Eliud Owalo has asked Migori residents to stop demonstrations and embrace the politics of ideas.
Owalo said that demonstrations would keep off investors, destroy businesses and risk losing the future and life of the youths.
The CS who spoke during food distribution in Nyarongi area in Suna East Constituency noted that the new government leadership was focused on developmental ideas and programmes to steer the economic development of the nation.
Owalo noted that demonstrations would not resolve the high cost of living in the country but instead the government had embarked on a programme to help farmers across the country with subsidized fertilizer and seeds in order to solve the food situation.
He added that the time for politics was over and it was important for the political leaders to embrace social economic activities like sugar cane production, the fishing industry and mining activities to improve the lives of the Nyanza region.
Owalo said that he would continue working with like-minded leaders in Nyanza region to ensure that the region is steered in the right economic direction.
The Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Roads and Transport Nicholas Gumbo said that it was time for development and the government had no business for demonstrations.
Gumbo thanked President William Ruto for rewarding the Nyanza region with plum positions in the government and having faith in Nyanza leaders.
Nyanza region was awarded three CAS that included Dr. Evans Kidero in the Ministry of Investments, Trade and Industry, Nicholas Gumbo in the Ministry of Roads and Transport and Fred Outa in the Ministry of Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs.
However, a High Court order has stopped the appointed CASs from assuming office until a case by the Law Society of Kenya and others is resolved in the Labour and Employment Court.
He added that the time for politics was over and it was important for the political leaders to embrace social economic activities like sugar cane production, fishing industry and mining activities to improve the lives of the Nyanza region.
The Chairperson of the Kenya Nuclear Regulatory Authority (KNRA) Edick Anyanga said that demonstration was not the answer to solving the problems facing the nation.
Anyanga urged the residents of Migori to shun politics because they were destructive to the economics of the county.
Similarly, Migori County Deputy Commissioner Benson Karani said that the ongoing demonstrations in Migori County were not genuine.
He noted that youths were collecting money from motorists before they could be allowed to pass making it an illegal and unethical demonstration.