By Mbarak Abucheri
Mumias Muslim residents have called on Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya to include them in the county development programmes for prosperity.
The residents led by the Mumias Jamia Mosque Committee chairman, Ismail Muchelule pronounced the need for inclusiveness in matters of leadership and development not withstanding individual political parties for social economic progress.
Speaking at Mumias Muslim Primary school grounds last week during Idd baraza gathering, Muchelule said the community has for long been sidelined in development matters stating that this has impeded the community’s active participation in leadership and by extend development matters despite being one of the oldest community in the region.
He urged governor Oparanya through his government to change tact and stop the marginalization of the community in development matters instead rope in the Muslim community into development programs for them to feel part of the county government
”We as Muslim leaders in Mumias sub-county campaigned and ensured Muslims here voted for the governor in the 2013 elections but since then the governor has not bothered to include the Muslim community in development matters nor supported Muslim projects in the county,” lamented Muchelule.
Muchelule noted that the constitutional dispensation provides opportunities for people’s participation and stressed that Muslims, as a minority community and important partner should also be involved in governance and development programmes in the county.
”We would like to be included in Kakamega county government programmes for the achievement of our goals as Kenyans so that we benefit as a whole,”he added.
Muchelule pointed out that “Kakamega County will reap the fruits of devolution, only if her leaders embrace, accommodate and include others in development matters.
He disclosed that plans are at advance stage to construct a multi-modern four storey mosque to cater for the increasing numbers of worshipers in the region,adding that among the proposed amenities will be men and women prayers’ halls,spacious conference hall,ablution facilities and administration offices among other facilities.
Muchelule further said that his committee will also embark on expansion plan to upgrade Jamia Medical Centre to enhance on service delivery and appealed to donors,well-wishers and Muslim charitable organizations to come out and support the initiative for the benefit of the Muslim community.
He lauded the county government of Kakamega through the land executive for the facilitation of issuance of land allotment letters to residents of Mjini and Ekama settlement schemes who are mostly Muslims, stating that the move will lead to development among local residents.
Musa Khatibu an official from the governor’s office who represented the governor at the event assured that the county government will support Muslim projects to supplement the efforts of the Muslim community.
He encouraged Muslims in Kakamega County to be at the forefront in matters of development instead of lagging behind and complain as the constitution was clear on the participation of people in development programmes.
‘On his part the chairman Butere-Mumias Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) Sayyed Hassan told Muslim leaders in the region to embolden unity within the Muslim community for social economic development.