Two counties sign Sh10b deal for water programme

Deputy President William Ruto addressing journalists during the signing ceremony of the Sh10b county development pact at his Harambee Annex office, Nairobi.
Two counties in northern Kenya have signed a Sh10 billion water and sanitation programme deal funded by the World Bank.

Garissa and Wajir will share the money equally.

The deal is part of the Sh120 billion World Bank-funded Northern Eastern Development Initiative set to benefit 10 counties in northern Kenya.

Witnessing the signing, Deputy President William Ruto said access to water and sanitation still posed a major challenge in the two counties.

He added that the signing of the agreements would also enhance the strengthening of water companies in the counties.

“We will build their capacities and ensure that they can provide these services to the people in the two counties,” said Dr Ruto.

Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelgui said the Sh10 billion was a “special grant” to the counties.

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Present for the signing included governors Mohamed Abdi Mohamud (Wajir), Ali Korane (Garissa) and Josephat Nanok (Turkana).

Also present was World Bank water supply and sanitation specialist Pascaline Ndungu.

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