Kenya gets Shs.20 billion for provision of clean water

Residents of Kisumu and Mombasa will soon start enjoying clean safe water after the government received funding of Shs.20 billion from the French government to construct water projects in the two cities.

Speaking on Thursday, Treasury Cabinet Secretary (CS), Henry Rotich said that Mombasa and Kisumu are the second and third largest cities in Kenya and have witnessed increased urban human settlement and therefore provision for clean water and sanitation has become critical and needed to be addressed urgently.

The Mwache Dam Project in Kwale County will cost Shs.14.82 billion and Lake Victoria Water & Sanitation Project will cost Shs.8.6 billion, explained Rotich.

Rotich said that the purpose of the Mwache Project is to improve domestic water supply and sanitation systems in Mombasa and will be financed at concessional terms of Sh.14.82 billion with a repayment period of 20 years and a grace period of eight years.

I wish to take this early opportunity to thank the Government of France for its continued support in form of Loans and Grants for the development priorities of Government of Kenya, he said, adding that the support has grown significantly over the last 10 years, from Shs.2.23 billion to about Shs. 2.67 trillion to date.

Rotich said Kenya ranked among the top recipients of Development Finance from the Government of France; an indication of your confidence in our development agenda.

The French Ambassador to Kenya, Antoine Sivan assured the Government of his Government’s commitment to meet the country’s priority development objectives.

France through the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) is the first bilateral development partner of the water sector.

AFD has invested around Shs.61.5 billion in the sector over the past 20 years while the French Embassy is currently financing the Ruiru 2 Dam project.

Once completed, the Mwache project will put an end to the chronic water shortages in the city of Mombasa.

The project will see the water production capacity increase from the current 50 million litres per day, to 190 million litres per day, against a demand of around 150 million litres per day.

The project will also improve the water and sanitation networks of Mombasa and enable more people to be connected to the network, including residents of the low income area of Likoni.

On the other hand Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Project (LVWATSAN) � co financed by the European Investment Bank at a cost of Shs.4.3 billion credit, AFD Shs.2.5 billion credit and the European Union grant of Shs. 615 million will ensure that the pollution being experienced around Lake Victoria is reduced.

The project has a component for monitoring the quality of the lake to ensure that an efficient system is put in place to protect the important water resource.

Source: Kenya News Agency