The Star (Nairobi)

7 January 2013

Kenya: Arid Counties to Benefit From Sh 24 Billion Developent Plan

Five Counties in the North Rift region will benefit from a new investment plan to cost Sh24 billion.

The initiative will be implemented by the Kerio Valley Development Authority and targets Pokot, Turkana, Baringo, Samburu and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.

KVDA Managing Director David Kimosop says the plan will involve many stakeholders to attract the investments and and develop targeted projects in the agriculture, healthcare and education sectors apart from the infrastructure in the region.

The Italian government has already given Sh2 Billion for Irrigation in the region through KVDA. KVDA had unveiled the new investment plan for the North Rift region expected to cost Sh24 billion.

The investment plan is also aimed at attracting investors to the North Rift region counties where KVDA operates.

The initiative targets Pokot, Turkana, Baringo, Samburu and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.

Kimosop said they will work with other stakeholders to implement the plan.

"We will focus on providing development initiatives aimed at improving the livelihoods of our people in the region", Kimosop told The Star.

Minister for Regional Development Fred Gumo has already indicated that the regional development authorities will not be faced out under the county governments.

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