Iten Municipality Board inaugurated as World Bank injects sh 89 million grant

A member of Iten Municipality Board is sworn in by Iten resident magistrate at an inauguration ceremony held at Elgon Valley Resort. 

Seven officials appointed to the Iten Municipality Board in Elgeyo Marakwet county  were sworn in today in an inauguration ceremony presided over by a magistrate in Iten Town.

The members approved by the County Assembly after being nominated by the governor included an Architect Joseph Maswan,  a suveyor Robert Kilimo, Businesswoman Ms.Lilian Chesire and former MCA  Rose Jerop Kimoe.

Others are Iten based businessman Kimutai Chemitei Boss, lecturer Michael Chesikari  and Kenneth Kemboi, all of  whom were sworn in by Senior Resident Magistrate Ms. C. Ateya.

The ceremony presided over by the deputy governor H.E. Wisely Rotich on behalf of HE. Governor Eng. Alex Tolgos, EGH was also attended by County Secretary Paul Chemuttut, County ministers Abraham Barsosio (Environment), Edwin Kisang (Education) alongside Members of the County Assembly MCAs of Environment, Water and physical planning  House Committee.

The governor in his speech read by Mr Rotich declared the board officially inaugurated and therefore free to start carrying out its mandate developing  the County headquarters.

The county has received Sh.89 million World bank grant for undertaking  infrastructural developments in the Municipality which include improvement of parking lots, improvement of roads within the township to bitumen standards and rehabilation of Iten recreational park.

Other activities to be carried out thereafter  would include improvement of markets, walkways, fire and disaster management, bus park and waste management among others.

The new board members appreciated governor Tolgos for their respective appointments.

Speaking after the ceremony, Ms. Chesire said she was going to leverage on her experience as a business person to contribute to the progress of the Town which has been the bedrock of her business.

Mr  Boss, a youth in the Board welcomed World Bank support to complement the limited resource envelope to Elgeyo Marakwet County  that has made it difficult in the past to a specific allocation for Iten and other towns which are under County level projects.

Ms. Kimoe who is the immediate former Kapchemutwo Ward MCA, who also served as a Councillor for Iten- Tambach County council in the previous years said she was humbled to have served the society and with the new assignment, she will ensure the board executed duty diligently.

Mr Kilimo who is an urban and regional planning expert reiterated on the need to improve accessible road networks within  the Township.

Mr Maswan emphasized on the need for thorough scrutiny of project  specification documents if quality service is to be attained.

The occasion was also attended by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Iten chapter, Bunge la Wananchi and Members of the public.

Civil Engineer and renowned senior citizen  Eng Chemitei Chemulwa challenged the newly inaugurated board members to ensure they strictly adhered to the donor conditions, saying donor agencies were extremely keen with transparency.

" In many years of my experience with  donor agencies, I learnt that accountability is so dear to them," advised Chemitei.

John Williams, another naturalised citizen who came to Iten as a missionary teacher in 1972 said he was happy about the World bank grant that is expected to transform the Town to be an attractive municipality.

"I came to Iten when the current Kenya Commercial Bank location was a slaughter House," he recalled Williams  who developed a tourist guidebook for the entire Elgeyo Marakwet county.