Uasin Gishu County will benefit from a Sh 630 million World Bank fund for development projects.
The County will receive funds to support projects on sanitation and housing in the project under the banner known as the City Resilience Program.
Speaking as he hosted officials from the World Bank’s City Resilience Program and Kenya Urban Support Program, Uasin Gishu 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 waiting for the funds to start off the projects,” said the Governor.
The first batch of funds is said to be ready by mid of November, according to the bank’s officials. A representative of the global lender said that the money will be disbursed in two phases, the first of about Sh 320 million to be received this year.
Among projects that the county intends to roll out through its partnership with the World Bank under the City Resilience Program is water through creation and sinking of more dams to increase water volumes.
The other one is sanitation with the county having designed establishment of more sewer projects, including sinking 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 entry of the City Resilience Program into Uasin Gishu follows a fruitful project presentation by the County Government officials led by Governor Mandago in the New Urban Agenda Forum held in Bankok, Thailand, earlier this year.
Uasin Gishu County Executive Committee Member (CEC) in charge of Lands, Housing and Physical Planning Eng. Nelson Maritim said the development designs were ready and that the county was waiting to receive the funds.
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.