Kitale Municipality Embarks on Development Plan with Stakeholder Input.

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The Kitale Municipal Board is developing a five-year Integrated Development Plan (IDEP) with a focus on achievable goals and community involvement.

Janerose Nasimiyu Mutama, the County Executive Committee Member (CEC) for Lands, Physical Planning, Housing, and Urban Development, emphasized the IDEP’s importance during a three-day workshop.

“The IDEP is a crucial document that will guide the Municipal Board’s activities over the next five years,” Mutama said. “Public participation has already shaped the draft plan, with residents identifying projects they want the board to implement.”

Collaboration Key to Success

Mutama highlighted the board’s expectation of World Bank funding through the Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP2). She emphasized that meeting key requirements, including staffing, function transfer, and project financing, is crucial for securing these funds.

“The development of the IDEP also establishes a new reporting structure for the board, its members, staff, technical teams, and various committees,” Mutama explained.

Mutama acknowledged past negative perceptions of the municipality but highlighted a shift towards stakeholder support. “We must embrace collaboration to attract more partners and funding for municipal projects,” she urged.

Reviewing the Past, Planning for the Future

Mutama emphasized that reviewing the 2019-2023 IDEP will allow the board to learn from past achievements and shortcomings. “This time, we need to set achievable goals so residents can measure our success at the end of the year,” she said.

Mutama also announced plans to elevate Kiminini town and initiate the process of upgrading other sub-county headquarters into towns.

Focus on Multiple Municipalities for Broader Development

Jane Rose Mutama, the CEC, urged the board to consider fostering the development of additional municipalities within the county. “This will attract more development funding, benefiting the entire county in the long run,” she explained. Mutama acknowledged budgetary constraints but proposed a phased approach to achieve this goal.

Stakeholder Input Throughout the Process

Mutama called for concerted efforts from board members, staff, and technical teams. “We need practical contributions to achieve the board’s objectives and improve residents’ lives,” she said.

Irine Nang’ole, the Kitale Municipal Board Manager, elaborated on the IDEP’s role in outlining the board’s vision and projects. She explained that the plan considers the achievements and shortcomings of the 2019-2023 IDEP.

Nang’ole emphasized ongoing public participation throughout the process. “Stakeholders proposed projects they want the board to implement in the next five years,” she said. “While some projects haven’t been directly undertaken by the board, the vision has been realized through collaboration with other county departments.”

Nang’ole encouraged active participation from board members and staff, highlighting that planned projects can be achieved directly by the board or through partnerships. She mentioned successful projects funded by donors in the previous IDEP cycle.

Function-Driven Development

Nang’ole underscored that the IDEP considers the board’s legal mandates. These include enforcing and developing municipal plans, constructing and maintaining urban roads, managing waste and promoting a healthy environment, and overseeing markets and recreational facilities.

“Our development plans will strictly adhere to these mandates,” Nang’ole concluded.

The workshop involved Kitale Municipal Board members led by Vice Chairperson Alice Mwai, alongside technical staff and board members.

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