Governor Wycliffe Wangamati received British Deputy High Commissioner H.E Julius Court, and Cabinet secretary for Devolution, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, at County Headquarters, Bungoma.
The envoy’s visit kicks off an exercise that will see the County sink a staggering Sh1 billion in opening up its town, upgrading the market and expanding critical infrastructure and improving social amenities to support growing urbanization in Bungoma Municipality.
Managed through the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), SUED is a £70 million five-year programme that will support up to 12 fast growing municipalities in Kenya to plan their urbanization better, improve links with larger markets that were previously inaccessible and prepare for climate-resilient and sustainable growth.
Speaking at the event that officially kicked off the process to upgrade urban spaces in the municipality, Mr Julius Court said the funding is geared at not just expanding infrastructure but also making Bungoma Municipality climate smart.
The Daily Vendor Newspaper learnt that as a beneficiary, Bungoma Municipality will receive expert advice in urban planning, training on urban management, investment promotions as well as cashing the Sh1 billion seed capital to fund infrastructure development and value chain projects.
From the proposal, part of the grant will go towards decongesting Bungoma town and easing movement within the Central Business District.
“Today marks the beginning of the making of Bungoma City,” Governor Wangamati said as he received the dignitary.
“With the funding, we will build a state-of-the-art market cum Bus Park in Bungoma,” Governor Wangamati said, adding that the grant comes in handy to boost infrastructure and train personnel on the best practices of urban management as Bungoma thinks up ways of applying for city status.
In 2019, Bungoma was among 12 Municipalities that bagged a Sh1 billion grant over a three-year period from the UK under a programme dubbed Sustainable Urban Economic Development (SUED).
The Cs, Devolution Hon. Eugene Wamalwa reiterated that the grant came on the back of a winning proposal on the County’s demonstrated desire to improve its urban infrastructure as part of its plans to attract critical investments, opening up farms to markets and kick-starting high potential value chain projects.