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National water policy and a National water sector transition plan

The  Cabinet Secretary Ministry of  Water and Irrigation (CS), Eugene  Wamalwa has  tasked the National Water Policy Committee with developing the National water policy and a National water sector transition plan.

The  CS  stated that the two tasks are crucial tools for guiding the implementation of the Water Act  2016 aimed at streamlining water sector in the country.

Residents of Kitui benefit

Thousands of residents of Kitui East subcounty will benefit from reliable water supply with the construction of 20 sand dams and wells

The Italian government and the EU have funded the project for Sh20 million to end perennial water scarcity.

It was implemented by the European Committee for Training and Agriculture in partnership with Kitui’s Sahelian Solutions Foundation, and coordinated by the National Drought Management Authority.

New Water Act 2016

New Water Act 2016 puts into effect in the water sector the constitutional provision for a devolved government

President Kenyatta signed a new Water Act in October 2016. The new law is primarily intended to align the water sector to the devolved structure of government described in the new Constitution of Kenya of 2010. In line with Art. 185 of the constitution, the water act gives to county governments the mandate for water and sanitation service provision and that of the development of county water works. Water service and water resource regulation remains the responsibility of the national government, as does the management of national public water works, i.e. water works that are cross-county and funded from the national budget.

Soon after the signature of the act, the Annual Sector Conference and Kenya Water Week was an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss their views on the act. The discussions brought to light many current hot spots of water governance and integrity.

The Annual Water Sector Review 2016 hints at accountability risks

The conference was launched with the presentation of the Annual Water Sector Review report: a yearly evaluation of sector progress. This year, the report recognized integrity challenges and specifically recommended better enforcement of ‘good governance in the water sector at all levels to improve overall performance and achieve value for money’ (p. 11).

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