Bill and Melinda Gates have included Siaya County in their scheduled Africa Tour to access projects funded by tThe Bill & Melinda Gates Fountaion.
The deal was arrived at when Siaya Gubernatorial Seat aspirant William Oduol met Bill Gates over the weekend at a conference in the US
Oduol who is in the US attending a Microsoft hosted IT Support Firms’Conference in his capacity as the CEO of WestConn Africa is said to have engaged the philanthropic Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in an discussing possible ventures for the company and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Siaya County.
The flamboyant and youthful aspirant, who has been Christened “The Rebel of Siaya” due to his perceived political differences with former Siaya County Governor, Cornell Rasanga Amoth, whose election he (Oduol) successfully petitioned, is reported to have urged Bill and Melinda Gates to look at the possibilities of funding women and youth projects in Siaya county as well as prayed upon Microsft to extend its projects like the “Internet Libraries” Project to the US President Barrack Obama’s ancestral home county.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the world’s biggest private foundation with interest in multi-sectoral NGO support for the UN Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) across the world with a biased leaning to Africa.
It is understood that Oduol used his relationship with the Gates which traces back to his days as an employee of the Global IT Support firm, Microsoft where he worked as the Head of Channel Business and OEM Leader for Africa to strike a few deals that included the Gates planned visit to Siaya county when they will be on an African fact finding mission on the projects the foundation supports across Africa.
The inner details of the “off the record” agreement are not clear but sources indicated that the Gates promised to look into the opportunities mentioned promising to offer support where needed to spur achievement of the MDGs.