Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company (NWSC) is seeking private sector partnerships to expand its water and sanitation infrastructure. Speaking at an investment forum held on 6th July 2017. NWSC Managing Director, Eng. Philip Gichuki pointed out that public funds supported by traditional development finance, are no longer sufficient to develop infrastructure in the required time period, to meet development demands.
The NCWSC is embarking on an ambitious sewerage expansion projects across the city. Currently, the city is served by a paltry 163 km long of sewer covering an area of about 208 km2. This is less than 30% of the 696 km2 area of the city. It further puts the total population connected to sewerage system at 41% against water service coverage of over 80%. The current waste-water treatment capacity is 112,000 cubic meters (Dandora at 80,000 and Kariobangi at 32,000). The amount of waste treated so far is below the available capacity.
Speaking during the meeting, Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero urged all stakeholders to partner and better service delivery to the residents of Nairobi. He pointed out that his government had plans to rapidly expand sewerage coverage and water supply, especially to informal settlements. The forum came just a day before a meeting of the World Water Council (WWC) Board of Governors, led by the President, Mr. Benedito Braga from Brazil, seeking partnerships with manufacturers and suppliers of specialist machinery, materials, devices and equipment, water meters, pipes, as well as monitoring and measurement, offering great investment opportunities.
Political Parties Capacity Building Training Held at Golden Tulip
Leaders of various political parties attended a one-day capacity building training held on 10th July at Golden Tulip Hotel, Westlands. Some of the political parties represented were; Jubilee, Orange Democratic Movement, Wiper Party, Ford Kenya, among others. Participants were taken through the need for peaceful campaigns and tolerance during the electioneering period. The facilitator, Mr. Titus Ogalo who is a governance consultant urged political parties to preach and embrace peace. He especially emphasised the need for parties to embrace issue-based dialogue, further challenging them to present their manifestos to the people and desist from bribery and other forms of corruption to lure voters into electing their preferred candidates on August 8th.