Pro­vid­ing clean wa­ter more crit­i­cal than build­ing roads

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

Per­haps it is time we re­con­sider our pri­or­i­ties in in­fras­truc­ture de­vel­op­ment. As much as roads are an im­por­tant as­pect in de­vel­op­ment, we can­not keep al­lo­cat­ing bil­lions to this and ig­nor­ing more im­por­tant is­sues such as ac­cess to wa­ter, health­care and ed­u­ca­tion. Pro­vi­sion of clean drink­ing wa­ter is crit­i­cal in de­vel­op­ing this coun­try to mid­dle-in­come sta­tus by 2030 as guided by the Vi­sion 2030 doc­u­ment. Clean, piped and re­li­able wa­ter sup­ply should be a pri­or­ity area for any gov­ern­ment that is in touch with re­al­ity. Clean wa­ter en­sures peo­ple are healthy and clean, re­duces ex­pen­di­ture in health and en­sures peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in na­tion build­ing.The Trea­sury al­lo­cates bil­lions to the Trans­port min­istry for roads and still al­lo­cates large amounts to the Na­tional Con­stituency De­vel­op­ment Fund from which MPs fi­nance road projects. Coun­ties are also build­ing some roads. In all this, wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion is ig­nored.

FELIX ONYIEGO Kisii county

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