Sh1.8 Billion Grant for Water
East African Standard (Nairobi)
The World Bank is to release a grant of Sh1.8 billion
towards the privatisation of water supply in the City.
The ongoing talks between the Nairobi City Council and
the World Bank over water privatisation are in the final
Nairobi Mayor Joe Aketch yesterday said the bank is to
give us around 15 million US dollars.
"Negotiations have been going on for a long time
and we are now at the final stages," he said.
Officials from the bank and those from the city council
led by Aketch were holed up in a meeting the whole of
The mayor said the council would hold 100 per cent shares
in the private company that would be given the mandate
to manage water services in Nairobi.
Speaking to journalists in Nairobi, Aketch said the council
had already formed the company adding that more details
will be given to the city residents soon.
"We already have a chairman to serve at the company
and all I can say is that everything is in place,"
Aketch said the 2,200 officers working at the council's
water department would be deployed to the firm.
The council serves a population of over four million
residents in the city, in an area of 6,590 square kilometres.
"The council is supposed to provide water services
to the city residents but it has been unable to cover
some of the areas," he said.
Aketch said the company would ensure that dry taps were
a thing of the past.
The mayor said even areas that have been without water
would be supplied when the company takes over the running
of water services.
On the issue of street children, Aketch said the government
had already set aside 40 acres of land in Ruai for a rehabilitation
"The street children will not get an opportunity
to return to the city centre to harass residents because
the land is 45 kilometres from town," he said.
He admitted that street children living in Bahati, Mbotela
and Pumwani Social Halls had become a nuisance in estates
neighbouring the rehabilitation centers.
Aketch said some of the children sneak from the rehabilitation
centers and cause havoc.