Wednesday, October 24, 2001
suspends Sh6 billion project
has stopped funding for a Sh6 billion water project in Kisumu.
pulled out because the municipal council failed to meet donor conditions, a
workshop heard yesterday.
consultant with the Ministry of Water Development, Mr Simon Thuo, said Japan
International Cooperation Agency (Jica) will not rescind the decision even if
the council meets all the conditions now.
has moved to other "receptive councils" following the failure by the
Kisumu municipality to privatise the water and sewerage department within the
time frame allowed.
Thuo said Jica would fund rehabilitation of water and sewerage systems in Meru,
Koibatek, Samburu and Laikipia County Council.
Nyanza Provincial Commissioner, Mr John Nandasaba, said on Kenyatta Day that
Jica was withholding Sh287 million meant for the project because the council had
failed to meet some conditions for releasing the funds.
revelation shocked Kisumu Mayor Shakeel Ahmed Shabir, who argued that the
council should not be penalised for mistakes committed by the previous
said Kisumu Municipal Council was committed to the privatisation of the water
and sewerage department, adding that the Jica programme could still be revived.
have to build our capacity and involve relevant government ministries such
water, environment and local authority. We have done our best. We are sorry for
what happened in the past," Mr Shabir told the workshop on the
privatisation of Kisumu water and sewerage systems.
disclosed that the council had registered an organisation known as Kisumu
Municipal Water and Sewerage Company and would meet other donor conditions.
he criticised one of the conditionalities calling for an international tendering
system at a cost of Sh250 million.
also took issue with the World Bank for refusing to fund the rehabilitation of
Kisat sewerage treatment plant in the town.
He said the plant was debilitated and must be repaired urgently to stop the discharge of raw sewage into Lake Victoria.