Plans are underway for the construction of 1,200 housing units in Turkana. The project which will benefit all six constituencies will be funded by the county government. This is according to the National Project Coordination Team for the Kenya Urban Support Programme headed by Eng. Benjamin Njega.
Njega appreciated the Lands Department for availing Turkana Central with 20 acres of land to begin the project. He also claimed that he will send his urban planner team to collaborate with the county to come up with plans and designs for the project in order to expedite the mapping of the county for the housing project.
1200 housing units in Turkana: Lodwar municipality to have a substantive municipality manager to ensure that it functions fully as a municipality.
Peter Akono, a county executive committee member for lands, physical planning, housing, and urban area management, announced that Lodwar municipality will have a substantive municipality manager this week to ensure that it operates wholly as a municipality at the same time.
Akono commended the Lodwar Municipality’s establishment in 2018. He also lauded the progress made with the support of the KUSP. Recently, the team traveled to Turkana County to assist the Lodwar Municipality technically.
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The NPCT also made follow-ups for potential corrective measures. This came after reviewing the principal findings of the audit conducted from June to August 2022. The team’s leader, Njega, stated that Lodwar Municipality has to meet all 10 requirements in order to benefit from KUSP II, which will begin in July 2024.
On July 31, 2023, it is said that KUSP I will come to an end.
In light of this, Eng. Njega stated that Kakuma and Garissa municipalities will be among the first 59 to profit from the USD 200 million for KUSP II as they are aimed at housing refugee communities.
Later in the day, the team also visited and assessed the project to build parking lots. The project involves laying cabros at various sites across the town.