Mbale town set for Sh200 million face-lift as governor eyes city status

By KNA On Thu, 4 Jun, 2020 18:59 | < 1 min read
Mbale town
Mbale town in Vihiga County is set for a major face-lift after World Bank frees Sh200m for project. PHOTO | KNA

The World Bank through Kenya Urban Support Programme (KUSP) has released Sh.200 million towards second-phase of beautification of Mbale town in Vihiga County.

Vihiga Governor, Dr Wilber Ottichilo, made the revelation when he officially launched the beautification of the town, the county’s headquarters, on Wednesday.

According to the beautification design, the works will entail construction of footpaths, erection of high mast floodlights, and street lighting from Lunyerere to Majengo along Kisumu- Kakamega and rehabilitation of drainage systems.

Ottichilo said that the Department of Planning, Lands and Housing had prepared a viable and comprehensive design, “which if properly executed would upgrade Mbale town to city status.”

But the governor a lot of focus will be on improvement of the town’s drainage system during this second phase of face-lifting of Mbale town.

“The contractor will construct a more secure slab covered drainage system that would enable pedestrians to walk over unlike the open drainage system,” said Ottichilo.

The county boss assured Vihiga residents his administration had awarded the contract tender for beautification project to a qualified and able contractor.

“We have outsourced a contractor who has been in charge of face-lifting Kisumu town,” revealed Ottichilo, who expressed dissatisfaction over the work done in the first phase of beautifying the town.

The beautification project is estimated to be complete in one year’s time.

Speaking at the same event, Deputy Governor Dr. Patrick Saisi urged the contractor to engage both skilled and unskilled youth in the project.

He also appealed to the locals, especially traders, to embrace the project by offering the necessary support to the contractor.

“For instance, when requested to give way to enable the contractors do their work let us do so without resisting,” urged Saisi.

 The event was also graced by County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Planning, Lands and Housing Mr. Paul Mbuni, Mbale Municipal Board Chairperson Engineer Josphat Amadi, Member of County Assembly (MCA) Lugaga/Wamuluma Ward Mr. Victor Ijaika, among others.

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