Why Mumias East residents cannot watch lawmaker Peter Salasya on TV
Mumias East lawmaker Peter Salasya says his constituents cannot watch his parliamentary contributions as they do not have electricity.
Interestingly, the youthful first-term lawmaker made the statement in Parliament.
“Most of the women in my constituency say they want to see me speak in parliament,” he said.
“We need to get more transformers in the villages and improve access to electricity.”
Salasya was elected on an Independent ticket in the August 2022 polls.
He is reported to have been elected after convincing his constituents of his manifesto through a door-to-door campaign that included painting his names on poles other than printing and pinning posters.
He garnered 12,140 votes against his closest competitor Amani National Congress (ANC) David Wamatsi who scooped 9, 043. This is after the incumbent Benjamin Washiali decided not to contest after running for three terms.
The Kenyan government has, in collaboration with her French counterpart, intensified plans to improve electricity connectivity through the last mile project.
An estimated 80 percent of Kenyans are connected to the electricity grid.
Mr. Salasya also argued the cost of doing business in Kenya was high and called for legislation on how to reduce the same.
The lawmaker also attracted a light moment when she continuously referred to Gladys Boss Shollei, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya, as ‘madam speaker sir’ despite several corrections.