Kenya: World Bank to Fund Dam Project For Sh.13 Billion

The World Bank through the African Development bank will fund a water project for the Konza ICT city at a cost of sh13billion. This was disclosed this at a meeting on environmental and social Impact study on the establishment of the Konza Technology city yesterday at the project’s site on Mombasa road.

Chairing the meeting, on behalf of the PS Ministry of Information and Technology, the director of administration in the ministry Henry Mung’asia said the dam to be constructed along the Thwake river in Machakos county will provide adequate water for Kanza, including surplus for the surrounding community to carry out irrigation.

The meeting was attended by representatives from Ol Kejuado County Council, Machakos and Makueni counterparts as well as members and management committees from the surrounding farms like Konza Malili and Aimi ma Kilungu. They endorsed the long awaited Nema report to enable the project kick off.

Mung’asia assured the participants that the construction of the project would kick off before the end of the year and called on the relevant people and surrounding community to extend the necessary support towards the initiative.

Reading the PS speech at the meeting, Mr Mungg’asia, said that the government carried out the strategic Environmental and Social Study in 2011 to ensure that the project implementation does not impact negatively to the community and environment adding that the government was commitment to the establishment of of the Konza technology city to spur investments which will create wealth and employment particularly to the youth.

The PS further indicated that the project would be implemented through a public private partnership in four phases where the government will invest in horizontal infrastructure such as roads, energy and water sewerage system while the private sector will invest in vertical infrastructure that include commercial and residential buildings among others.

“In addition, the government is developing legal and Institutional framework that will create an enabling environment for investment in the Konza city” said the PS,. He cited the project as one of the special economic zones that the government plans to establish like the Lamu port, Isiolo Resort cities and the Mombasa Free port among others.

He said the government has already hosted a successful international investors conferences where both local and international investors have expressed interest to invest in the city. He therefore called on the stakeholders to pool resources together to invest in the city.

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