Kakamega to part­ner with USAID in Sh700m pact to im­prove wa­ter sup­ply

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western -

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.

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