22 February 2013

East Africa: Sh10 Billion EAC Project Resumes After One-Year Delay

THE implementation of a Sh10 billion water and sanitation programme in the five East Africa Community member countries is back on track after a one year delay.

The Lake Victoria Water Supply and Sanitation Programme regional programme co-ordinator, Dan Owore, said the project has been launched in four of the five member states.

"We are behind for a year but are now gathering momentum," he told a workshop on pilot interventions for water and sanitation in the Mara River Basin.

He said projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Uganda were at the design stage after the conclusion of procurement of consultants for the four-year programme.

Owore said Burundi is behind in the implementation process due to delays in procuring consultants.

The four towns in Kenya that will benefit from the project include Kericho, Keroka, and Isebania.

Others are Muyinga, Kayanza and Ngozi in Burundi, Nyagatare, Kayonza and Nyanza and Geita in Rwanda. In Tanzania, beneficiaries will be Sengerema and Nansio while Uganda's Mayuge, Ntungamo and Buwama-Kayabwe-Bukakata form the Uganda cluster.

"The project will be implemented in two stages of short and long term interventions," said Owore.

Owore said the process of upgrading of the project to the third phase has started with talks with donors having been launched.

Trans-boundary Water for Biodiversity and Human Health in the Mara River Basin project co-ordinator, Qureish Noordin, said climate change effects should be taken into account.

Noordin said mitigation measures should address the effects of climate change.

Stanley Matowo, the principal engineer in the ministry of Water led the Tanzania delegation at the workshop held at Ufanisi Resorts in Kisii as Charles Nginjiri, an assistant senior director in the ministry of EAC led the Kenyan delegation. The seminar was organised by the Lake Victoria Basin Commission and USAid, East Africa.

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