National Assembly Leader of Majority, Kimani Ichung’wah, has expressed concerns regarding the risk of Kiambu County losing Ksh1.6 billion in World Bank funding due to delays in making crucial appointments. In a letter sent to Governor Kimani Wamatangi, Ichung’wah emphasized the importance of timely appointments, particularly in the selection of municipality managers.
The delay in these appointments has been noted by the State Department of Housing, which has advised the county administration to fulfill specific requirements before the allocated funds can be disbursed. The intended use of this Ksh1.6 billion funding was for various infrastructure projects, including the renovation of roads within the county.
Kikuyu constituency, represented by Kimani Ichung’wah, faces potential negative consequences, as the World Bank program had designated Ksh326 million for projects in this area, including the upgrade of one road to bitumen standards. Ichung’wah pointed out that the issue extended beyond the appointment of Municipal Managers and highlighted other vacant public offices within the Kiambu County Government.
To mitigate the risk of losing the funding, the MP suggested that Governor Wamatangi commit to funding the constituency projects with county resources should the appointments not proceed promptly. He stressed that these delays should not impede service delivery to the people.
Ichung’wah also underscored the potential loss’s broader implications for Kiambu County, emphasizing that this grant money could benefit other counties with a track record of efficient fund utilization.
As of now, the county administration under Governor Wamatangi has not responded to Ichung’wah’s letter.