The Kakamega County Government has launched a project aimed at upgrading infrastructure in the Amalemba and Kambi Somali slums within Kakamega town. This initiative, funded with Sh116 million from the World Bank through the Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Project (KISIP), includes the enhancement of roads, sewer lines, security lighting, and water accessibility.

Governor Fernandes Barasa expressed gratitude towards the World Bank and the French Development Agency (AFD) for their support in this endeavor. He urged KISIP to facilitate the allocation of title deeds to residents in the project area, emphasizing the importance of community involvement in the construction process.

Governor Barasa also highlighted the County’s ongoing efforts in implementing road construction projects and shelter improvement programs. He called upon the National government to disburse funds to support county development projects and urged Senators to advocate for adequate funding to uphold devolution.

Dr. Mariam Barasa, the County Executive Committee Member, encouraged residents to collaborate with contractors and the County government to ensure the project’s timely completion. KISIP Regional Representative, Engineer Joash Wende, emphasized the project’s goal of improving living standards in slum areas and urged community members to support the initiative.

Engineer Wende stressed the need to adhere to project timelines, quality standards, and safety regulations to prevent any harm to individuals or the environment. He noted the oversight role of the County Project Implementation Coordination Team and the Settlement Executive Committee in monitoring the project’s progress.

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