Uasin Gishu County will soon receive Sh 630 million to fund a of housing and sanitation programme under the City Resilience Programme funded by the World Bank.
According to Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago, the funds will be disbursed in two tranches with the first tranche of sh. 320m expected to be released by mid-November this year.
Governor Mandago said his government was ready to absorb all the funds from the World Bank.
Speaking as he hosted officials from the World Bank’s City Resilience Program and Kenya Urban Support Program, Governor Jackson Mandago said his government is awaiting the money to commence projects as soon as possible.
“It is all systems go for us. Everything is ready and we are just awaiting for the funds to start off the projects,” said the Governor.
The global lender is financing projects in Uasin Gishu County, with sanitation and housing projects set for establishment in the project known as City Resilience Program.
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Among projects that the county intends to roll out through its partnership with the under City Resilience Program are water through creation and sinking of more dams to increase water volumes.
Sanitation is also another area that will benefit from the funding with the county having designed the establishment of more sewer projects, including sinking of another sewage lagoon.
Also in the program, the Department of Environment, Tourism and Wildlife Management has a plan to rehabilitate the Sosiani River and create nature trails and amusement parks.
The coming of the City Resilience Program to Uasin Gishu is a following a fruitful project presentation by the County Government officials led by Governor Mandago in the New Urban Agenda Forum held in Bankok, Thailand, sometime this year.
The county executive commttee( CEC)Lands, Housing and Physical Planning, Engineer Nelson Maritim while meeting with the World Bank officials, said all the designs for the intended projects were ready and that the county was prepared to receive and utilise the monies.
Eng. Maritim said Uasin Gishu County was slated to get 2000 housing units under the affordable housing sector in the Big 4 agenda.
Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP) team leader Abdu Muwonge, said Uasin Gishu County stands to benefit a great deal from the global bank, owing to Governor Mandago’s articulation of issues as well as his creativity in presentation. The Kenya Urban Support Program is a project under World Bank.