Political lobbying for mega projects from the National Government is the prerogative of political leaders, Busia Executive Committee Member for Water, Environment and Natural Resources Dr Isaac Alukwe has said.
Speaking at the launch of Directors for BUWASSCO- KIWASH funded induction training on Governance at Vittoria Suites in Kisumu on Tuesday, Dr Alukwe said lobbying for mega projects from the National Government by MPs, Senators and/or Women Representatives is crucial.
“Political leaders should besides making relationships learn to caucus to fast-track national government projects instead of allowing industrial investments go to other areas.
The CEC Member said the County Government has rolled out Ksh199million worth of investments in water. They include Sh118m ward funding projects spread across the sub counties and Kenya Devolution Support Program (KDSP) Funded projects worth Kshs.81m.
Of the KDSP funding Ksh45m will be used for piloting of hybrid system for Mundika- Busia water supplies and Ksh20m for revenue automaton. Lugulu/Bwaliro in Butula has been allocated Ksh10m, Madibira in Samia Ksh10m, Nambale/Urban Ksh6m and Busijo in Samia Ksh10m.
Dr Alukwe said the County Government through AfDB and Korean Exim Bank, Nile Basin Initiative and the National Government are targeting the Malaba Town Sewerage Works and Rehabilitation of Malakisi-Malaba-Kocholia water works both estimated at Kshs.1.3billion.
Also targeted is the construction of Kocholia multi-purpose dam to serve four sub counties of Teso North, Teso South, Nambale and Matayos at Ksh5.7b; the feasibility studies (FS) for sewerage system in Busia and Nambale towns are in progress.
FS for expansion of Port Victoria and Busia Hills/Sisenye water supplies is completed and funds are being sourced with the support of the National Government.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said BUWASSCO was faced with numerous challenges including power outages and interruption in water supply and old dilapidated infrastructure resulting in high non-revenue water due to bursts, leakages and integrity issues.
He called on the new board to go out and learn to know the challenges facing water consumers in the County, bring about integrity in the company and to solicit for more support from development partners.
DG Mulomi concurred with Dr Alukwe that there was need for performance contacting to enable the board meet critical targets and deliverables.