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Taita Taveta FaceliftVoi and Mwatate towns will soon get a major facelift courtesy of Kenya Urban Support program sponsored by the World Bank. Already, Tai ta Taveta Governor Granton Samboja has signed the participatory agreement and completed the for mulation of a county urbanization development strategy paper which are mandatory documents to make the project a success.The six year program will benefit Mwatate and Voi towns in infrastructural development, economic setup and the general modernization. Mwatate town has been earmarked for the county headquarters while Voi is the fastest growing town in the region.“As a county government we are ready to cooperate and partner with all interested parties to ensure this program is successful. We know we can’t achieve all our plans without the support of partners. Urgent action is needed to improve water supply, ensure food security, improve infrastructure and health services in the county,” noted the governor when he met officials from the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development (MTI&HUD.
According to Solomon Ambwere, Head Urban Planning, Policy and Research at MTI&HUD the county will receive an urban institutional grant of ksh. 20 million in March which will later be followed by urban development grant which will range between ksh. 50 million to ksh. 1 billion when it fully meets the set requirements.
County Executive Committee Member for Public Works, Housing and Infrastructure Development Mr. Houghton Mombo notes that the county government is fully committed to ensure the initiative is implemented so that county residents can realize maximum benefits.
“At the end of the program, we shall make sure Mwatate and Voi towns are among the best towns in the country,” says Mombo. The objective of the project is to establish and strengthen urban institutions to deliver improved infrastructure and services at the county.

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