Kakamega Senator Dr Bonny Khalwale has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of launching ghost Projects in Western region last year.
He asserted that barely a month after Uhuru launched the Webuye Pa Paper mills in Bungoma County, the factory has not been in operation.
“Webuye remains a ghost town because the factory is not working. The President lied to the community. He switched on the factory, which later went dead,” claimed the Senator as told by Standard.
But the Kenya Union of Printing, Publishing and Paper Manufacturers was quick to dismiss Khalwale’s claims stating the factory has been up and running since its re-opening in December last year.
“We have been producing 10 tonnes of paper per day. Doesn’t that mean the factory is working?” asked union’s national vice chairman, Steven Watiti.
Waititi further asked: “Where was Khalwale when the factory collapsed and rendered hundreds jobless? What moral authority does he have to now speak about the factory when he did nothing when people lost jobs?”
Khalwale also said he has been to Navakholo where Uhuru launched tarmacking of Lurambi-Navakholo-Musikoma road and did not even see a wheelbarrow on site.
Area MP Emmanuel Wangwe however, defended the government saying the contractor award eth job has been busy mobilising resources.
He dismissed Khalwale’s assertions maintaining “President Uhuru does not owe Khalwale any explanations about the road.”