Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has reiterated that at no time will he allow violence to mar the 2022 gubernatorial elections.
Addressing mourners during the burial of Mama Anne Maria, 93, mother to Farmview Hotel Proprietor, Peter Kubebea at Bulanda village in Mayenje Ward on Friday, the Governor said the violence witnessed in Matungu by election where an MP was stripped naked is a shame to the electoral process.
"I am quitting the gubernatorial stage after serving my two mandatory terms. Those in the race including my Deputy Moses Mulomi, Nambale MP John Bunyas, woman representative Florence Mutua and Dr Paul Otuoma are all my friends to warrant me favour any of them," he said.
He added: " What I encourage aspirants for various seats is to do mature campaigns devoid of character assassination and witch hunt. I have laid a firm foundation especially that of uniting county residents to an extent that people are doing business peacefully without tribal inclinations."
The Governor said despite the Coronavirus (Covid-19) his administration has created a conducive environment for doing business with 14 banks operating in the county with a lot of money in circulation.
Ojaamong said devolution has brought many benefits, raising the status of Busia and Malaba Municipalities and other urban centres which now enjoy improved infrastructure including tarmacked roads.
"With the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2020 more resources will be channelled to counties that will help raise the economy of counties,"he said.
In light of the inherent benefits, HE Ojaamong urged county residents to support devolution by giving a nod to BBI Bill during the referendum.
The County Chief said very few people can attain the age of 90 and above, urging county residents to change their lifestyles to emulate Mama Anne Maria whom he described a progressive leader and agent of change in the community.
She is remembered for proactive leadership and for spearheading community mobilization for socio-economic development.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said the cruel hand of death has robbed the Kubebea family of a church leader who was an example to be emulated by those who knew her.
Those present included MPs Hon.Geoffrey Odanga (Matayos), Hon. John Bunyasi (Nambale), Chief Officers Lydia Nabwire (ICT and Communication), Hellen Mukanda (Water and Irrigation), KNCCI Busia Chapter chairman Silvanus Abungu and MCAs Hon. David Luyemba, Hon. John Oganga and former Minister Phillip Masinde.