Nakuru MP on spot for trying to divert hospital project into stadium

A section of residents from Nakuru Town West have faulted area MP Samuel Arama over what they term is failure to involve them in crucial development agenda as enshrined in the constitution.

Addressing media in Nakuru West on Tuesday, the residents led by Mr.Erick Ogada raised alarm over a move taken by the MP to divert hospital project into stadium.

According to Ogada, the parcel of land that is adjacent to the area Deputy County Commissioner’s office was meant for the expansion of Kapkures Level 4 hospital but the legislator now wants a stadium constructed in the area.

According to sources close to the Legislator, there was no need to have the Kapkures hospital expanded since there is already Nakuru Level 5 hospital.

However, locals feel this is a misplaced and misguided move since health is crucial to the common citizens.

Moreover, last year Deputy President William Ruto during his tour in Nakuru West made a promise that Sh100Million would be released by the National government for the expansion of the Kapkures Hospital.

Ogada who is the Director Grassroot Democracy in the newly political formation-United Green Movement Party says this is contravening the constitution of Kenya which gives sovereign power to citizens through public participation on key development issues.

The residents now vow to hold peaceful demonstrations to compel the MP to stop the move and ensure public participation principle is adhered to and that the Kapkures hospital is expanded.

“The MP should respect the citizens and ensure public participation. We are not saying we do not want stadium but you cannot built stadium on parcel for land meant for hospital expansion” said Ogada.

This is not the first time that Nakuru Town West MP is on the spot over development issues.

Earlier this year locals raised concerns over what they termed is the Nakuru Town West NG-CDF kitty neglecting schools and only focusing on the perimeter walls a scenario that was witnessed in several schools among them Mogoon Primary that had pathetic latrines.

The move saw the MP visit the school to ascertain the situation.

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:A signpost showing the proposed hospital area.