By Reuben Olita
Busia cross border traders and long distance truck drivers have benefited from Sh7 million Sanitation Block constructed by Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Society Network (KEWASNET) through WaterAid funding, in partnership with the County Government of Busia.
Head of Programs at KEWASNET, Vincent Ouma said the aim of the Sanitation Block is to reduce sanitation related diseases among truck drivers and to offer convenience for them as they continue with their journey.
He said the ladies wing has nine toilets and five showers with the male wing having eight toilets and four showers. The block will also house a shop and a store.
Mr Ouma said KRA will run the facility on interim basis before it’s handed over to the County Government of Busia through the Department of Water, Irrigation, Environment and Natural Resources.
Regional Manager WaterAid East African Region said their focus is on sustainable water hygiene and sanitation services which will reduce common diseases.
The chairman Kenya Long Distance Truck Drivers and Allied Workers Union Busia Chapter Richard Makhulo thanked KEWASNET and other partners for actualizing their dream saying the facility has come at the right time.
” We used to face sanitation challenges forcing us to use flying toilets. I urge donors to construct other sanitation blocks at least within a radius of 5km to ease the challenge,” he said.
Chief Officer Water and Sanitation, Hellen Mukanda said the project will benefit cross border traders and other visitors including truck drivers, adding that it’s a good project which should be extended to Malaba OSBP.
A Busia cross border trader, Protas Okello thanked KEWASNET and the County Government of Busia for availing them with the sanitation facility, urging the partners to have them manage it.