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Bungoma to get more infrastructure funds after towns upgrade

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Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • A committee appointed by Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has approved creation of Webuye and Chwele and expansions of boundaries of Bungoma and Kimilili municipalities.
  • The creation of the new municipalities will see the devolved unit receive Sh1 billion, up from Sh300 million from the World Bank to improve infrastructure.

Bungoma County is set benefit from additional funds for urban infrastructure and development following creation two more municipalities and expansion of boundaries for the existing town.

A committee appointed by Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has approved creation of Webuye and Chwele and expansions of boundaries of Bungoma and Kimilili municipalities.

The creation of the new municipalities will see the devolved unit receive Sh1 billion, up from Sh300 million from the World Bank to improve infrastructure.

“Now that we have four municipalities, our county will be second to Kiambu, which has six and receives more than Sh1.5 billion in urban infrastructure funding from the World Bank,” said governor Wycliffe Wangamati

He had in 2019 written to Mr Macharia requesting for delineation of boundaries to upgrade the towns and expand boundaries.

The nine-member ad-hoc committee handed the report to the CS last month reccomending the approval of the municipals creation.

“The expanded boundaries will enable the county to improve infrastructure in satellite wards like Kabula, Musikoma among others within the municipality,” said Mr Wangamati.

Webuye Municipality with an estimate population of 146,579 sitting on 179.5km² will cover 16 sub-locations including Maraka, Nang’eni, Matulo, Township, Lugulu, Malaha, Mitukuyu, Mihuu, Kituni, Sirisia, Misikhu, Mukhe, Nambani, Sirende, Marinda, and Magemo.

Chwele Municipality will cover 12 sub-locations with a population of 110,554 covering 178.7km². The sub-locations include Chwele, Kibichori, Mukuyuni, Sichei, Sikulu, North Nalondo, Sikusi, Mukhweya, Central Namwela, Kolani, Sibumba, and South Namwela.

The new boundaries for Bungoma Municipality which initially covered only Khalaba and township wards will cover 22 sub-locations in 10 wards with a population of 269,764 sitting on 274.7km².

They include Bungoma Township, Khalaba, Namamuka, Namasanda, Samoya, Sio, South Kanduyi, Tuuti, Mayanja, Kisiwa, West Nalondo, Nangwe, Ndengelwa, Ranje, West Sang’alo, Namwacha, Kabula, Watoya, Mateka, Muanda, Ng’oli and Mayanja.