Story by AMINA KIBIRIGE
Publication Date: 3/17/2008
A Sh6 billion water and sanitation project for Coast region is set to kick off, French ambassador Elisabeth Barbier revealed at the weekend.
“It is a 50-50 project between the French Government and the World Bank where each team is contributing an equivalent of Sh3 billion towards its implementation,” said Ms Barbier.
The envoy said the French Government was also funding a solid waste management project that was under way.
She said the French Government had given Sh1.6 billion to the ministry of Local Government for the waste management projects at the Mombasa and Nakuru municipalities.
The Mombasa municipality would construct a recycling plant at Mwakirunge and a transfer unit at VOK, Bombolulu, in the North Coast.
Deputy mayor John Mcharo promised to fast-track the waste management project.
He reassured the envoy of the council’s seriousness in implementing the projects.
Mr Mcharo said the money which was released by the French Government mid last year had not been fully utilised.
Ms Barbier also inquired about street children rehabilitation project which her Government was keen to assist.
Mayor Ahmed Mohdhar said the issue was part of the agenda at the council’s next meeting.
Mr Mohdhar said the problem was not getting the street children off the streets but where to take them adding that the council could not address the issue alone and “maybe we can come back and seek assistance from your Government”.
Mombasa has approximately 500 street people.