Written by Shillah Mwadosho
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Kapsabet Municipal Council has received Sh 23 million from the Ministry of Housing meant to fund proposed extension in provision of piped water in town.
Kapsabet Mayor Michael Rono who made the confirmation added that his office had requested the ministry of housing to channel the funds through Kapsabet Water Services Board.
Speaking to West Fm in his office in Kapsabet Rono said that the funds would boost provision of water in areas within the municipality where Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) project had left out last year.
Various estates which had not received piped water including the ones in Namgoi, Kamobo and Showground would benefit from the proposed extension plan expected to kick off next month.
“We shall survey all areas that were left out by JICA and ensure that they benefit from this planned exercise,” he said.
He explained that the money would cover purchase of pipes and costs incurred on plumbing during the proposed extension exercise.
However, Rono dispelled claims that the council had “selectively” provided water to various estates in Kapsabet last year.
He said, “The council did not have enough funds to facilitate water provision in all estates but now we assure residents that the services will reach them.”
The announcement made by mayor came after a section of residents living in the town’s outskirts presented complaints to the municipal that they had denied water.
Rono said that he had received complaints from some residents but had clarified to them that water would reach their homes in a month’s time.
“Some people misjudge us because they do not get facts right,” he defended himself.
However, a civic leader who sought anonymity expressed fear that the funds might be misused adding that the Ministry of Housing should monitor the project.
“Many leaders are preparing themselves for the next election and they need money. Ministry of housing should not assume that water would reach all homes as the mayor would want us to believe,” he said.
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