, KISUMU, Kenya, Nov 17 – The ongoing Sh800million lighting of the city project in Kisumu has been funded by the World Bank.
This is according to Kisumu County Governor Jack Ranguma who insists that he actively engaged the National Government, Kenya Power and World Bank over the project.
Ranguma said that the ambitious street electrification project has generated a fair share of political discourse, with politicians angling to claim credit for the same.
According to Ranguma, the initiative is unprecedented in depth and spread and is targeting urban and peri-urban areas throughout the county.
“Full public disclosure is therefore critical since the project has both significant benefits and costs to the tax payer,” he said.
His remarks come just two days after Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura took credit to the project.
“Kisumu County was included among other eight counties who were chosen to benefit from the Electricity Modernization Project, financed through a credit of $762 million from the World Bank,” Ranguma said.
Other counties in the project include Nairobi, Mombasa, Nyeri, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Kakamega and Garissa.
He added that the component under implementation in Kisumu costs Sh800 million noting that Sh200 million will be repaid by the national government.
He said that the remaining Sh600 million will be repaid by the county government of Kisumu through deduction of the county revenue from the National Treasury.