Mombasa toilets revert to county

30 Jun 2015 | by Nana Beat
Mombasa toilets revert to county

The Mombasa County has revoked ownership of public toilets by private individuals to create employment for women and youths.

Mombasa governor Hassan Joho directed that the toilets be managed under the Kongowea Water and Sanitation project [KOMAWEA] through a non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Maji Na Ufanisi in partnership with the county government.

‘’Today we have cancelled licenses for private entities which have been managing the public toilets which will now be run under KOMAWEA," he said.     

Joho assured area residents that corruption and malpractices in the management of the facilities was now a thing of the past.

He spoke during a ceremony to hand over the 2015 Africa Sanitation Youth Award won by KOMAWASA in Dakar, Senegal through Maji na Ufanisi in partnership with the county government. The ceremony was held at Kokni Muslim Jamat Hall in Mombasa.

The governor directed the county executives to offer employment opportunities to youths whenever they came up within their respective dockets.  

Mr Joho assured NGO's in the county that the county government will partner with them to enable them invest and improve the standard of living for the county residents.
He assured youths and women that the county government will assist them with employment opportunities that have emerged.  
Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir said KOMAWASA through the NGO in partnership with the county government have the capability to manage six facilities in his backyard.
He assured them that grabbed facilities will be repossessed and challenged them to ensure youths and women are employed.
‘’The Constituency Development Fund [CDF] will rehabilitate the six facilities to become ultra-modern,’’ he said.       
Mr Nassir said he is determined to see youths and women are economically empowered to enable them improve their lives.
Maji Na Ufanisi Executive Director Edward Kairu said the involvement of youths organizations in the operations and management of water, sanitation  and hygiene has directly benefited the youths.
Present during the ceremony were the United Nations Children's Fund [UNICEF] Chief, Water and Sanitation, Shivanarian Singh, County Executive in charge of Tourism Joab Tumbo and his Water counterpart Fatuma Awale among others.

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