Kakamega to partner with USAID in Sh700m pact to improve water supply
The Kakamega government says it will partner with the private sector and NGOs to improve water supply infrastructure.
Environment executive Robert Sumbi yesterday said the county loses 43 per cent of it water through leaking pipes and illegal connections.
He said the county signed an MoU with the USAID last month to set aside Sh700 million for the water sector. Sumbi said the majority of the funds will be used for capacity building. He said 90 health facilities have been forced to close for lack of water. Sumbi said Sh450 million is needed to connect the facilities to piped water. He said the water department was allocated Sh100 million this financial year. Sumbi said most of the money was used to settle bills.
He accused the national Treasury of frustrating ithe county by refusing to give guarantees to investors . “So many investors have come to us and when we take them to Treasury for guarantees, everything is slowed down,” Sumbi said.