Trans Nzoia county government has signed a Sh1 billion memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Lake Basin Development Authority, paving the way for the building of 1,000 houses to spur real estate growth in the region.
Governor Patrick Khaemba said the project would also seek to rehabilitate all dilapidated houses inherited from the defunct Municipal Council of Kitale and County Council of Nzoia.
“The pact also seeks to establish extra houses because the current houses we manage are not sufficient even to house our staff,” said Mr Khaemba.
The county chief said they would also seek additional land from the national government to construct the new houses while existing ones that are beyond repair would be demolished.
“We have written to the national government to give us part of its idle land within Kitale township to enable us get this space to set up new houses,” he said.
The authority’s chairman, Onyango Oloo, said the State agency has also signed another Sh53 million MoU with the county government for the rehabilitation of dams.
The project which targets Kapsitwet, Ng’eng’e and Marinda dams in Kwanza sub-county aims to curb floods in the region in addition to harvesting water for irrigation.
“The three dams will mainly boost horticultural production by 40 per cent in addition to controlling flooding in Kwanza sub-county,” said Mr Oloo.
Locals in the flood prone areas have been incurring losses annually with their crops and property being washed away during heavy downpour.
Mr Oloo further said the dams would also be useful for fish farming with the authority providing funds for production.
“This rehabilitation project is aimed at turning the areas that are prone to flooding into agricultural hubs through horticulture and fish farming,” he said.
The authority has also pledged to establish a tourism and conservation project, a talent centre, cottage industry and vocational training facilities, sports development complex which will act as high altitude training centre and conference facility.