Siaya County spatial plan to address land injustices
SEE ALSO :Why Magufuli prefers Chinese aidAccording to the county Executive member in charge of land, Dismas Wakla, the preparation of the document is in its fourth stage where stakeholders are currently undergoing a public participation. “This document is anchored in both the constitution and county government act and guides use of land in the county. It entails mapping out the county and placing every land in its rightful position. Once completed will be made available to every resident of Siaya,” revealed the CEC. The process of having this document was structured in four phases namely; Inception, data collection, situation analysis and lastly drafting and finalization. “We are currently in the last stage. I every undertaking that we do as a government we must involve the people and that is why we opted to have stakeholders meeting with consultants.” noted the CEC. The process of working on the spatial plan document was outsourced to expert consultants who are meeting stakeholders currently made of the technical team and all the ten department of the county are represented.
SEE ALSO :True value of the blue economy to KenyaThe stakeholder‘s meeting involved the interrogation of the draft to confirm that it met the requirements of the county government. Mr Wakla said the document must be completed as soon as possible because funding of counties will be pegged on the availability of the document. This comes barely few months after the county was listed among counties to benefit from Sh199 million from the World Bank to develop the urban centers. The fund is part of the world banks USD 300million grant targeting 59 urban areas in the 45 counties Kenya. The county government is also participating in the Kenya Urban Support program that is funded by the World Bank to support investments in urban development.