A newly-upgraded road from Khetia’s Supermarket to Bungoma Prisons. PHOTO/COURTESY
Grant will go towards Infrustructural development.
The Municipality of Bungoma in Bungoma County has won a whooping Sh1 billion from UK government after a competitive bidding.
In a letter to the Assistant County Director for Physical Planning Mr. Wellington Billy Sindani, the committee selected Bungoma Municipality as among the two beneficiaries of additional £10 million grants.
Dated 25th July, 2019, the letter, seen by Wakajuanes.Com, acknowledged the proposal by the Municipality in December last year and arrived at the decision on July 11th this year.
“This letter refers to the Sustainable Urban Economic Development (SUED) programme supported by the British government through the Department For International Development (DFID),” read the letter from SUED.
“On 11th July 2019, the Secretary for DFID announced that SUED has received an additional £10 million to support another two municipalities. With reference to your proposal submitted on 10th December, 2019, we are glad to inform you that Bungoma Municipality has been selected as one of the two municipalities to benefit from the SUED programme,” read the letter signed by Senior Responsible Owner for SUED Programme and DFID Kenya Dr. Yolanda Chakava.
The boost comes in the wake of Bungoma Municipality ad hoc committee being gazzetted for the expansion of Bungoma boundaries.
The new funding means new municipalities will be created in Chwele and Webuye, according to the proposal by the Municipality.
The progress comes after the ratification of the expanded boundaries for Chwele, Webuye, Kimilili and Bungoma Municipalities which will mean a combined funding of over 1.5B just like the Municipalities in Kiambu, Nakuru County.
Kiambu receives the highest funding due to the larger number of municipalities in the country compared to other counties.
Governor Wycliffe Wangamati earlier this year secured foregn grants which is currently funding the ongoing upgrades of major roads in town.
BUNGOMA COUNTY ROADS
The new-look Shariff Centre- Prison – Khetia Stores -Mama Fanta Road. Governor @GovWWangamati launched the upgrade of the earth road to bitumen standards under the @WorldBankKenya funded works in Bungoma Municipality. Since May, it's systems go. #WWDelivers pic.twitter.com/rh9qIpRh3x
— BungomaDigital (@BungomaDigital) July 23, 2019
Already a network of roads has been carpeted within Bungoma and Kimilili Municipalities and work is still going on under another programme known as Kenya Urban Support Programme (KUSP).