By Reuben Olita
The County Assembly of Busia today adopted the Busia Municipality Annual Investment Plans (AIP) and Budgets for the Financial Year; 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.
The report which was tabled by the Planning, Trade, Tourism, Cooperatives and Industrialization committee Chairman, Hon Bernard Ibella Papa was unanimously adopted by members in the session chaired by Deputy Speaker, Hon Lawrence Okaale.
The AIP and budgets accounts for over Ksh250 million used on various projects within Busia Municipality through the Kenya Urban Support Programs (KUSP).
An analysis of the AIP and budget for the FY 2020/2021 indicates that the Busia Municipality budgeted Ksh.101million towards connectivity and storm drainage. The money is set to upgrade to bitumen standards access roads within the Alupe complex in Angorom Ward.
Part of the money will be utilized on opening up drainage system within the complex to ease flooding of roads during storm.
In the FY 2018/2019, the municipality allocated Ksh.101m towards connectivity, storm water drainage and waste management.
Ksh.35 million went towards upgrade of murram road to bitumen standard from Amukura House- Water Offices-YMCA to Farmview Hotel, construction of a parking bay near Huduma Centre and storm water drainage within Busia town.
Ksh.50 million went towards purchase of mixed waste collection bins and installation of five high mast monopole lights and non motorised road signs, while the remaining Ksh.26 million was used to purchase two tractors, two skip loaders and seven skip bins.
In the FY 2019/2020, the municipality used Ksh. 101m to upgrade to bitumen standards of Works-Assembly-Milimani loops-Chiefs Office Access road, Floman Lane and Magharibi Access road, construction of a parking bay opposite Faridi Sacco and installation of monopole high mast flood light at Bulanda primary school.
Those who made their contributions including Hon Papa, Minority Leader, Hon Felix Omanyi and Hon Laban Mukhwana (Bukhayo East Ward) urged the donor to be remitting the funds within stipulated time to expedite completion of projects.
The KUSP is a World Bank backed programme that support the establishment and strengthening of urban governance and management institutions and systems to deliver improved infrastructure and services within municipalities and cities.
The programme also seeks to motivate county governments to put the provisions of the Urban Areas and Cities Act, 2011 in place and establish appropriate institutional arrangements for urban development.
The KUSP has two interlinked components. The Urban Development Grant (UDG) is for infrastructure and urban services. It’s anchored on five areas: waste management (liquid and solid), storm water drainage, connectivity (roads, non motorized transport facilities, streets and security lights), urban socio-economic infrastructure and fire and management.
The Urban Institutional Grant (UIG) helps county governments to put in place minimum conditions and performance standards to access the urban development grant.