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Govt signs KES 3B loan agreement with Belgium

04 October 2013, 19:04 Kelvin Wanjohi

Nairobi - The government of Kenya and the Belgian government on Friday signed a loan agreement that will see the Kenyan government get over KES 3.1 billion to construct dams, treatment plants and water tanks in Sabor, Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet Counties.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Henry Rotich, together with his Environment, Water and Natural Resources counterpart, Judy Wakhungu, and the Belgian Ambassador, Bart Ouvruy, signed the third concessional agreement in a year, but the loan will be repayable at 0 percent interest rate within a period of 15 years.

Henry Rotich, Bart Ouvry
(National Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich, exchanges the KES 3.1 Billion loan agreement between Kenya and Belgium, with the BelgianAmbassador, Bart Ouvry, to go towards a water project in Elgeyo Marakwet County, Rift Valley. Photo: Kelvin Wanjohi, News24 user)

Rotich thanked the Belgian government saying the two countries have maintained strong trade ties which have seen the financing of various projects in Kenya including the Ngong Hills Wind Power project.

“I wish to sincerely appreciate the warm bilateral cooperation Belgium and Kenya enjoy. The conclusion of this agreement is yet another testimony to the strong ties that exist between our two countries,” said Rotich.

He said that the Kenyan government formulated the Vision 2030 development policy to address among them health challenges pertaining to lack of quality drinking water and it does not only emphasise ushering Kenya into a middle income country but also ensuring that the set per capita for water target per person is achieved by 2030.

Wakhungu said that her ministry through the national treasury is working hard to secure funds for infrastructure development saying the water sector will get the biggest share.

Also present was the Elgeyo Marakwet County governor, Alex Tolgos, Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and a section of Mps from the county who appreciated the government's efforts in working with various countries to improve the living standards of its citizens.

Murkomen said that it was high time those people who live in towns and are jobless went home and embarked on irrigation, urging more local and foreign investors to invest in the county. He also said that the project will benefit a larger section of the youth from the County who are jobless.

The Belgian Ambassador, Bart Ouvry, said that supplying the population and public service institutions like schools and hospitals with pure drinking water will reduce the incidences of waterborne diseases.

“This will also confirm and enhance Iten Tambach’s renown as a high altitude athletic training camp for Kenya’s world famous runners and others from different nationalities.

The project will be carried out by Rift Valley Water Services Board in conjunction with a Belgium company, ASPAC.

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