The Malaba Community in Teso North which had resisted the Sh700m Sewage project in the town citing health challenges finally threw in the towel on Tuesday to allow the project to start.
The resolution was passed at DIDC Hall in Amagoro that brought together representatives from the County and National Governments, Lake Victoria North Water Serv ice Board , Malaba Community , Office of Teso North MP, the project consultant and other stakeholders.
Busia County acting Chief Officer for Water and Sanitation Moses Weunda said the Sewage and water projects will cost Sh1.3billion and will be financed by the African Development Bank.
” The water project will supply the town and its environs 600 cubic metres of water per hour. The completion of the modern sewage and water projects will create job opportunities , development and corporate social responsibility to the community of the border town.
Funds to compensate those willing to sell their land needed for the project (33 acres) will be compensated, adding funds for the exercise has already been set aside,” he said.
Weunda said the project implementation committee has been formed. It includes 12 members from the Malaba community and other members from the County and National Governments , Teso North MP’s office and representatives of Malaba Central and Malaba North MCAs.
Those present included Busia Lands CEC Prof Grephas Opata, Chief Officer for Lands Maurice Odundo, National Lands Coordinator for Busia and Bungoma Counties Charles Rading, Teso North MP Oku Kaunya and Ibrahim Oluoch from LVNWSB.
Kaunya said the project will change the face of Malaba and bring clean water to the border town and Teso North in general, adding that the sewage works will create youth employment .