Bungoma launches plan to decongest town and expand infrastructure

The UK has donated a Ksh 1B grant to Bungoma County for its ambitious drive to decongest its capital and expand critical infrastructure projects.

British Deputy High Commissioner Julius Court who was in the County said the funds will also be used to make Bungoma Municipality climate smart.

The program will see the County upgrade markets, as well as improve social amenities to support growing urbanisation in Bungoma Municipality.

In 2019, Bungoma was among 12 Municipalities that bagged Sh1 billion grant over a three-year period from the UK under a programme dubbed Sustainable Urban Economic Development (SUED).

The grant came on the back of a winning proposal as the County’s demonstrated its desire to improve its urban infrastructure as part of its plans to attract critical investments, opening up farms to markets and kick-starting high potential value chain projects.

Managed through the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), SUED is a £70 million five-year programme that will support up to 12 fast growing municipalities in Kenya to plan their urbanization better, improve links with larger markets that were previously inaccessible and prepare for climate-resilient and sustainable growth.

As a beneficiary, Bungoma Municipality will receive expert advice in urban planning, training on urban management, investment promotions as well as cashing the Sh1 billion seed capital to fund infrastructure development and value chain projects.

Governor Wycliffe Wangamati said the funds injection will kick start the beginning of a new Bungoma.

“With the funding, we will build a state-of-the-art market cum Bus Park in Bungoma, boost infrastructure as we contemplate ways of applying for city status,” He said.

Governor Wangamati has also written to the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works, requesting for the delineation of boundaries of four urban centres in the County.

“With our municipalities covering more wards, we shall be in position to allocate part of the grant to improve infrastructure in satellite wards and help open farms directly to markets,” he said.

The Governor committed to ensure continuous engagement with donors and other entities keen to fund urban infrastructure and livelihoods in the County.

Speaking at the event, the then CS Devolution Eugene Wamalwa said the project positions Bungoma as a possible city in the near future after Nakuru County.

  

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