By Kaburu Mugambi
Water, Sanitation and Irrigation ministry has promised to reach out to the National Treasury to increase sanitation budget and establish separate budget line for sanitation.
This is among three goals the ministry and participants pledged to reach in three months during Kenya Sanitation Conference. The conference aimed at providing practical and innovative solutions towards containment, collection, conveyance, treatment, disposal and re-use of waste water and sludge in both rural and urban settings.
An estimated 80% of Kenyans do not have access to safely managed sanitation, 75% do not have access to basic sanitation and 12.5% defecate in the open.
In a signed commitment statement after the four-day conference, Cabinet Secretary for Water, Sanitation and Irrigation, Mr Simon Chelugui, said they agreed to amend existing policies to ensure transparency in how sanitation services are delivered.
Members will also work the National Treasury and Parliament to review Public Private Partnership Act with the aim to increase investment in sewered and non-sewered service. They also promised to engage county governments to establish coherent service delivery models for sewered and non-sewered sanitation services, including expanding the legal mandate and names of water service providers to water and sanitation companies.
Ministry of Water and Sanitation organised Kenya Sanitation Conference from 28-31 October 2019 at Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi. The conference aimed at providing practical and innovative solutions towards containment, collection, conveyance, treatment, disposal and re-use of waste water and sludge in both rural and urban settings. Theme of the conference was “Sanitation for All.”