Involve residents for projects to succeed, Obama sister urged

Monday, December 16th, 2019 00:00 |
Siaya Senator James Orengo and Auma Obama at Sauti Kuu Centre on Saturday. Photo/PD/ERIC JUMA

Siaya Senator James Orengo has asked former US President Barack Obama’s step-sister Auma Obama to embrace locals for her projects to succeed.

He said Dr Auma’s idea of establishing a sporting and theatre centre at Kogello was good but it has not picked up because residents were not involved.

“This is a good centre that can help nurture talents of our young ones,” said Orengo who observed that for it to operate effectively, leaders and local residents must be involved.

Speaking at Sauti Kuu Foundation on Saturday, the senator said: “To start such projects is not easy down here at Kogello and our people must embrace it for its sustainability.

The facility will ensure children make a difference through modelling, acting and  sporting activities.”   

The senator urged Auma to seek audience with local leadership over the matter.

Orengo, who was accompanied by South East Alego MCA Joseph Mboha, reportedly faced challenges inviting other local leaders to accompany him to the centre.

Attempts to invite area MP Samwel Atandi were futile as he reportedly said: “Let the few people she had invited for the project launch give support.” 

Mboha noted: “The projects started on a wrong note with leaders being sidelined but I want to urge the locals to bring your children here.”

Auma has asked leaders to support her initiative.

 “I have come back to develop home by establishing various projects that would help children learn skills that will help them put food on the table in future,” she said observing that she needs support from everyone. Auma is also building a children’s learning centre in the area.

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