The Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and ASALs Hon.Eugene Wamalwa, the UK”s High Commissioner to Kenya H.E Jane Marriott and Intergovernmental Commissioner Hon. Alfred Khang’ati will tomorrow deliver Ksh 1B funding under the Sustainable Urban Economic Development (SUED) Program meant to support Bungoma municipality.
The funding comes a day after the Bungoma town Tuktuk and Boda boda services demonstrated over the poor state and the seemingly stagnant Kanduyi- Musikoma dual carriageway. They blame the county and the contractor for failing to provide alternative routes as the construction takes place in addition to delayed completion of the road.
During the launch in Kisii, Hon. Wamalwa lauded the program as a Devolution changer in enhancing well planned urban centres.
“The SUED programme is one of the best programmes in Kenya. With all counties having County Integrated Development Plans not all have Urban Economic Plans. Kisii County as a regional hub benefits from a streamlined economic plan” said Hon. Eugene Wamalwa
The 4.5 billion program which is among the Devolution support from partners is meant to Support Municipalities to Develop Sustainable Urban Economic Plans that Attract Investment for Climate Resilient Infrastructure and Value Chain Projects.
Among the benefiting urban centres are Bungoma, Isiolo, Iten, Eldoret, Katwana, Kerugoya/Kutus, Kisii, Kitui, Lamu, Malindi, Mandera and Wote. SUED is geared towards supporting market-driven growth in its 12 supported municipalities to aid them to become economically viable centers of sustainable urban development.
“We are working with supported municipalities to help them attract investment for critical climate-resilient infrastructure and value chain projects. We are doing this through partnering with both the public and private sector to improve urban economic planning, business environment reforms and developing bankable urban investments.” Says the High Commissioner.
According to the CS, the SUED program is hopeful that in doing so supported municipalities will have an enabling environment for economic growth that is inclusive and sustainable.
“This will greatly transform Bungoma and position it into a city status. We urge leaders in benefiting counties to prudently use the funds and attract more partners in future as we deliver to our people. ” says CS Wamalwa.
In May, the CS and the UK High Commissioner launched the Urban plan for Mandera County and inspected key facilities being funded by the program among them the Molecular lab.
In Kisii, the CS launched the Urban integrated plan aimed at planning the Matoke city through linked infrastructure, networks and modern facilities.