Project to continue as land feud ends

Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki.

The land controversies that prevented the construction of the multi-billion shilling Bonyunyu dam in Kisii County have now been solved.

This means Treasury and other development partners will now release funds for the construction to proceed.

Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the project had been delayed for months due to a number of issues, including compensation and land acquisition.

Addressing the media in Kisii after meeting Governor James Ongwae, the CS said provision of clean water remained a priority in President ’s Administration.

“We have had issues with the project, but the government remains committed to ensure that we implement what we had promised as government,” she said.

The CS, too, had a tour of the Kegati Water Project and Suneka Sewerage Treatment Plant. 

Expansion of Kegati water treatment plant has led to an increase of 6,000 cubic meters per day to 27,000 cubic meters per day to give adequate supply to residents of Kisii County.

Key challenges

This is among the many development projects set for commissioning by President mid next month.

Extension of the sewer network in Kisii town will cover 50 per cent of the population and is set to sustain locals till 2040. 

Mr Ongwae pointed out key challenges in the implementation of the water project, being the actualisation of the last mile connectivity.

He said  the entire waste reticulation programme requires in excess of Sh1.5 billion to cover the entire population both for Kisii and Nyamira Counties.

“Our vision is to reduce the distance covered to access water points from the current average of 2km,” he said.

The water projects in Kisii and Nyamira are being implemented by Lake Victoria South Water Works Development Agency (LVSWWDA) through Gusii Water and Sanitation Company.

LVSWWDA Chief Executive Daniel Oronje said 5,000 new meters had been acquired for use by GWASCO to streamline revenue collection and cut on losses.

“The metres have been delivered. We want to ensure each customer is billed and faulty meters replaced,” he said.

Funding partners; Germany Bank KFW has already announced plans to explore possibilities of investing in mini-hydro generation projects within Kisii and Nyamira counties.

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