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Projects to get lifeline in Lake Victoria 

Millions of  East  Africa Communities  around Lake  Victoria stand to improve their livelihoods through projects touching on health, Environment and other Economic activities if fresh funding is received from development partners.

A  high level meeting of  Principal and Permanent  Secretaries from the five member countries alongside technical staff endorsed as successful most of the current projects being implemented by the Lake Victoria basin and expressed hope that new projects will be funded by development partners, amongst them the world Bank.

Under the umbrella of the Joint Regional Steering Committee of Lake Victoria Basin Commission, the meeting held at Entebbe, Uganda, confirmed that multiple projects being implemented in the East Africa Community under the armpit of Lake Victoria Environment Management Program (LVEMP 11) had gradually empowered the local population.

The World Bank funded LVEMP 11 in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burudi which is implementing Environment, Water Supply and Sanitation, Population, Health , Research, Pipeline programs among other Economic activities comes to an end in December 2017.

The Kenya delegation to the steering committee review meeting comprised of three Principal Secretaries whose team leader was Charles  Sunkuli of Environment.

Others  were Dr. Margaret  Mwakima of Natural Resources and Nancy Karigithu of Maritime affairs.

Permanent Secretaries, Eng. Emmanuel Kalombela of Water and Irrigation in Tanzania, Simon Sindayihebura of water, Environment, Land and Urban Planning of Burundi, Fatina Mukarubibi of Natural Resources Rwanda and Alfred Okot Okidi of Water and Environment in Uganda joined their Kenyan counterpart in adopting and signing the projects evaluation reports under the custody of Lake Victoria Basin Commission.

The reports were reviewed by respective technical officers from all the five member states.

The Commission Executive Secretary, Dr. Ally  Said  Matano expressed confidence that funding for new projects will be successful following tangible results in the ending of LVEMP 11 and called for support from partner states to overcome challenges faced in some projects such as the Water Supply and Sanitation and the Multinational Lake Victoria Communication and Transport among others.

“Support through commitment and endorsements will help in up-scaling the projects,” Dr. Matano told the delegates.

All the projects are aimed at transforming Lake Victoria basin into a middle income region and allow residents to access basic human rights.

The 6th meeting of the Regional Policy Steering Committee was chaired by Mrs Amina Shabani the Deputy Secretary for Finance and Planning in the United Republic of Tanzania.

By   Njeru  Ngare/KNA

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