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Homabay County Assembly Speaker Elizabeth Ayoo (right) and Women Rep Gladys Wanga arrive at a fundraiser in Ndhiwa, Homabay County on Sunday 13 May 2018

The Homabay county assembly has announced plans to spend a Sh 150 Million to build a palatial home of the County’s Speaker Elizabeth Ayoo.

On 14th Monday 2018, the homabay assembly clerk Bob Kephers made an advertisement in two local newspapers announcing that the assembly is seeking a piece of land from residents of Arujo ward for the construction of the house within Homabay town.

However, the move has since erupted massive protests by the residents accusing the assembly of misplaced priorities. A lobby group, Bunge La Wenyenchi, led by their chairman Walter Opiyo have slammed at the assembly saying they must focus on fixing their deteriorating health sector, creating employment opportunity and repairing roads before building a home for a wealthy Speaker earning a five figure salary.

“We may not wholesomely oppose the construction of the house in future but constructing a speaker’s home at this point is a misplaced idea and the exaggerated millions can be invested in more meaningful projects in the County . Our county lagging behind in terms of development and this is what should be our focus. We are just asking that taxpayers’ money be channeled to important sectors” said Mr Opiyo.

On her part, the Homabay Speaker Elizabeth Ayoo however defended the move claiming it is a requirement by law that all speakers must have official residence by June 30, 2019.To justify the Sh 150 Million projected cost to build the house, she went further to claim that Kisumu county is actually planning to spend Sh250 million for the same.