NAKURU, Kenya 23rd January 2014 – Nakuru County will continue to receive support from the World Bank in various sectors to benefit the residents for the long term.
This came up after a meeting between Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and the newly appointed Global Manager of World Bank Water and Sanitation program Ms Jyoti Shukla and her team who had paid him a courtesy call at his office.
During the meeting Ms. Jyoti congratulated Governor Mbugua for championing sanitation activities in the county actively.
“Our aim of visiting Nakuru was to learn from you as a sanitation Champion and as a follow up of a trip to Rwanda made last year. The trip was an educational one which was sponsored by the World Bank, she said. She added that it was very clear that Nakuru County was at the forefront in sanitation related activities and requested the Governor to welcome other Counties to come and learn from Nakuru as a model county.
Also in the team was the World Bank Manager Africa region water and sanitation programme Mr Glenn, Kenya Country manager Ms Yolande Coombes.
“Nakuru County has assisted Migori County in matters pertaining to legislation and Sanitation financing matters. We want Nakuru to be a model county where the other 46 counties can come and learn from” said Coombes.
Coombes also added that Nakuru will continue to benefit from the World Bank in Capacity building of Public Health officers, capacity assessment of public health officers, sanitation campaign, technical support in legal matters, training of public health officers on monitoring and evaluation among others and they are willing to continue supporting for the next three years starting from March 2015.
Governor Mbugua commended the World Bank for the good working relationship with his office.
“I thank your team for the generous contribution you have accorded this county. We however request the team to reach out the other arms of the bank so that they can assist the county in other areas like poverty eradication through business entrepreneurship and assist small scale traders in setting up conducive working environment”.
On their part, the Word Bank team advised the governor to bring all the departments together and form a formal business case for Nakuru County where they can present their case in front of all other arms of the Bank.
After the meeting, the World Bank team accompanied by County public health officer visited Lalwet area. In Lalwet they visited households where plastic slabs were being piloted for improved sanitation. Thereafter, they visited Bahati Sub County where a sanitation community members group was being launched.
Also present was area CEC-Health Dr. Kabii Mungai, Director Dr. Joseph Lenai and the County public health officer Mr. Samuel Kingori among other officials and leaders.