The World Bank through the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development have embarked on providing grants for the 45 counties excluding Nairobi and Mombasa.
A team from the Urban Development Department and Council of Governors Secretariat led by Mr. Nicholas Mbwiga-Lands Housing and Physical Planning coordinator held a constructive meeting at the Department of Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development Office.
West Pokot county is set to receive 20million Urban Institutional Grant each year for five years under the Kenya Urban Support Program for Urban Development upon fulfilling the conditions of establishing a County Program Coordination Team (CPCT), developing a County Urban Development Strategy and signing the Program Participatory Agreement of which the West Pokot County Government has done. This program will support urban planning(town), establishment and training of staff and board members, development of a municipal charter and benchmarking. This move will see Kapenguria be reinstated as a municipality
In addition, 73 million Urban Development Grant from the World Bank will be offered to the county for waste management, stop water drainage, road connectivity, street lighting, security, ICT hubs, markets and fire and disaster management. This grant received each year for five years.
The governor was represented by the County Secretary Dr. Parklea who appreciated these efforts by acknowledging the signing the Program Participatory Agreement. Also present were CEC Member for lands, housing, physical planning and urban development, Mr Arumonyang, CEC Member for roads, public works, transport and infrastructure, CEC Member for Trade, Industrialization, Investment and Cooperative Development and other county officials.