Mulomi- Implement Spatial Plan For Effective Utilization Of Limited Resources

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Story/Reuben Olita

Busia Deputy Governor HE Moses Mulomi has stressed the need to implement the County Spatial plan for effective utilisation of the limited resources available.

The DG who was chairing a meeting at Farmview Hotel that is geared towards coming up with a Spatial Plan for the County Government of Busia, lauded the department of Lands Housing and Urban Development for fast tracking the development of the plan.

“We understand very well that resources are always limited and if they are not well planned for they can’t be utilised to the maximum. Our development partners including World Bank have severally requested for our spatial plan to review potential areas,” he said, flanked by Acting County Executive Committee Member for Lands, Housing and Urban Development John Mwami.

Others included Chief Officers Teresia Mbingi (Lands and Housing), Andrew Otiti (Urban Development and Physical Planning), Patrice Lumumba (Service Delivery), Leader of Majority Kassaman Ekesa, County Assembly chairperson Planning Benard Papa his Budget and Appropriation Committee head Linus Asiba, Town Planner Brian Abwaku and a host of MCAs.

Mr Mwami regretted that the process of developing the plan stalled after it was initiated in 2016 over lack of involvement by key stakeholders including county departments.

“This is a vital document that will help the county government unlock potential development areas. As a department we saw it befitting to bring on board all stakeholders for consensus building,” he said.

Principal Consultant from Two Ems Associates, Michael Gachoki decried lack of public participation from key stakeholders during development of the plan.

“I plead with H.E the deputy governor to bear with us for some gaps in the plan that arose due to lack of public participation. Moving forward we will ensure all the feedback we gather from such forums are well infused in the final plan,” he said.

A spatial plan is a county requirement by Constitution of Kenya 2010, County Government Act (2012) among other legal basis.

The plan is the process of distributing and organising people and activities on space of various to promote sustainable development in a county.

The tool therefore sums up the social-economic and physical potential of the county land mass and also seeks to provide specific interventions to optimally utilise resources.

The plan looked at various thematic areas including the economic status of the county, population, infrastructure, environment, human settlement and governance.

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