The world bank through the national government has provided shillings 20 billion to the counties of Wajir and Garissa to tackle water and Sanitation challenges. The two counties represented by their respective Governors thanked the World Bank for the fund and assured the money will be utilized for the intended purpose. ” We thank the government and the Bank and assure that the money will be used for the purpose the money is intended for” said Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud. His Garissa counterpart Ali Qorane said ” after insecurity which has now been overcome, water is the second biggest challenge for our counties and we assure you we are going to use this money in the best interest of the people to implement the most important projects and we will do it in the quickest way possible” The conditionalities of the fund was not clear by the time of publication.
Wajir county has been struggling with sanitation issues since inception as a settlement and the proximity of its water table has rendered flush toilets and latrines impractical. While there have been incidences of cholera outbreak in the town, Scientists and Public health specialist have been baffled by the inversely small number of outbreaks which they attributed to the high hygiene standard of the county’s inhabitants. Wajir Town has also been experiencing scarcity of water as wells are drying up. The fund is intended to address this age-old challenges.
Garissa has been experiencing dire water shortages that has disrupted lives and the smooth running of businesses. Garissa is renowned for beautiful hotels and tourist attraction centres but the water shortages and poor infrastructure has blunted its important tourist attraction landmarks. The County administration will now be expected to prudently utilise this fund to resolve this longstanding challenges and open the county to the world. The Tana River which flows 10KM away from the town centre is a huge potential the administration intends to tame to provide water to its residents and expand its huge farming potential.