On September 28, 2015, the treasury reported that the Belgium had granted Sh1.2 billion to Kenya for Kajiado water projects.
Governor Joseph ole Lenku.
It is now emerging that the said money could have disappeared into thin air after it was released by treasury to Kajiado or, alternatively, the same amount was never released at all for the intended purpose.
The matter has turned grave and has forced Governor Joseph Lenku to go public over the said money which was allegedly handed to authorities in Kajiado to initiate various water projects.
Lenku last week reported the matter to Water CS, Simon Chelugui and told him that not even single water project had been initiated with that money.
The governor told the CS that soon after he was inaugurated as governor, he was informed that several water projects had been completed under the Belgium government grant of Sh1.2 billion.
“Devolution CS, Eugene Wamalwa who was then serving in the water docket, is my witness in this matter because we both took a chopper to Loitokitok to visit the said projects. The locals had even slaughtered goats for us but we were both shocked to find out that there was not even a single water project to be unveiled. There was story was hot air,” said the governor.
The debate of water and who squandered the said Belgium grant is threatening to split Kajiado in the middle as some are calling for thorough investigation in to the matter.
Those others supporting the former governor David Nkedianye are not seeing anything wrong about the promised water money. Some of them are demanding that they be provided documentary evidence that indeed Nkedianye’s administration should bear the brunt.
We are herein below today reproducing the same story that came from the national treasury on September 28, 2015.
The National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich today on September 28, 2015 said the project once completed will serve over 100,000 residents of Kajiado County with clean water for domestic use and livestock.
“The government of the Kingdom of Belgium will also support firefighting equipment project for Nairobi City County, Ithanga Water Supply project, Vihiga Water Supply project, Ruaka Water Supply project, phase III of e-Government connectivity project and Nanyuki District Hospital,” Rotich said.
The Cabinet Secretary was speaking today at the National Treasury Nairobi during the signing ceremony of credit agreement with Peter de Crem, the Belgium State Secretary for Foreign Trade.
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Kenya, Roxane de Bilderling and Senior Kenya Government officials witnessed the loan signing ceremony.
Rotich commended the Kingdom of Belgium for continued financial support to Kenya in form of loans, grants and technical assistance, adding that Kenya’s sectors among them health, water, environment, education and telecommunications have received immense support from Belgium.
He said the continued financial and technical support from Belgium received over the years is in line with Kenya’s government’s development strategy of turning the country into a middle income economy as stipulated in the development blueprint, the Vision 2030.
He expressed optimism that with cordial co-operation with Belgium, the Kenyan government will be able to provide affordable water, health services and improved access to electricity in the rural areas.
“We shall ensure that the resources we receive from development partners are utilized for the intended purpose to strengthen the development cooperation with the development partners for the mutual benefit of Kenyans”, he said.
On the economy, Rotich assured Belgium government that Kenya is committed to maintaining a stable macroeconomic framework within the context of structural reforms stipulated in the Vision 2030.
“We trust that the structural reforms will lead to a stronger economic growth, wealth and employment creation, and thus a reduction of poverty in the country”, said the Cabinet Secretary.
Through the social pillar in the Vision 2030 strategy, Rotich added, the government is striving to provide quality education to all Kenyans.