Kenya clinches $200 million World Bank water deal

December 3, 2015 7:04 am
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On the margins of the UN Climate Conference in Paris, Water and Irrigation Services Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, and Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, signed the water purchase agreement guaranteeing delivery of water to Kenya's second city/FILE
On the margins of the UN Climate Conference in Paris, Water and Irrigation Services Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, and Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, signed the water purchase agreement guaranteeing delivery of water to Kenya’s second city/FILE
PARIS, FRANCE, Dec 3 – Kenya and the World Bank have sealed a $200 million water supply project that will bring relief to residents of Mombasa.

On the margins of the UN Climate Conference in Paris, Water and Irrigation Services Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, and Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, signed the water purchase agreement guaranteeing delivery of water to Kenya’s second city.

The signing was witnessed by the World Bank Water Director Junaid Ahmad. The World Bank had made the water purchase agreement a condition for funding the development of Mwache dam in Mazeras, Kwale County.

“Mwache dam will supply 186,000 cubic metres of water a day to Mombasa. It will significantly ease the water deficiency our second city currently faces,” CS Wamalwa said after the event at La Bourget, on the northern outskirts of Paris.

At COP 21, CS Wamalwa was due to speak at a panel focusing on ‘increasing resilience at urban level’, with cooperation between county-level governments and his ministry the showcase example.

“The session shows the importance of bringing together all relevant stakeholders … to enhance water resilience .. and their commitment to work together to collaboratively increase water security”, CS Wamalwa said.

CS Wamalwa arrived in Paris on Tuesday for the event.

Professor Judi Wakhungu, the Environment CS, is leading Kenya’s delegation at the COP 21 negotiations that started in earnest after more than 150 world leaders gave the talks’ political impetus.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was in Paris for COP 21, was due to depart on Wednesday for South Africa, joining other leaders at a China-Africa summit that will review China’s commitments to the continent.

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