Oparanya hints on resigning from chairman position

Says he cannot juggle responsibilities

Council of Governors chair Wycliffe Oparanya set to resign from chairman position at the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB)

Council of Governors chair Wycliffe Oparanya has announced his intention to resign as Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) Chairman.

The Kakamega Governor explained that the responsibilities of chairing both the bloc and the CoG have become overwhelming.

He explained that he has been delegating majority of his LREB duties to his deputy Professor Philip Kutima due to numerous CoG meetings in Nairobi.

The announcement from Governor Oparanya is likely to cause a major set back following the death of LREB Vice Chairperson Dr Joyce laboso.

LREB summit canceled

The bloc consists of 14 counties: Kakamega, Bomet, Bungoma, Busia, Kericho, Homa Bay, Kisii, Kisumu, Migori, Nandi, Nyamira, Siaya, Trans Nzoia and Vihiga.

LREB was launched in 2015 as an instrument of fast-tracking development projects within member counties. Each county would contribute to an LREB Bank, which is yet to be formed, and funds would be used to facilitate their agenda.

The bloc has received opposition from lobby groups which are calling for public participation before member counties pass the LREB Bill into law.

An annual summit organized by LREB was last week postponed indefinitely following the death of its VC Dr Laboso.

The Kakamega boss later claimed that media reports had distorted his utterance. He assured the LREB that he would continue to chair the bloc.

"I have noted widespread distortions in a section of the press on the statement I made last week on my leadership at the Lake Region Economic Bloc. Some have said I have quit as chairman. My response is: I'm going nowhere," he assured.

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