By Johnson Chengo
In a bid to solve the energy crisis in Kilifi County, an ambitious Sh800 million sewerage recycling plant is set to be launched in Malindi by the county government of Kilifi.
The plant is expected to use human waste from toilets in Malindi and Watamu towns to produce coal that will be sold to residents and reduce the over-dependence on charcoal from trees that contributes to environmental degradation.
According to Governor Gideon Mung’aro the project funded by the World Bank will be put up at Sabaki in Malindi sub-county.
“The briquettes will be made from a mixture of sludge, coconut husks and leaves, that project is part of my administration’s agenda to clean Malindi town and its environs in order to revive the tourism sector,” he said.
Mung’aro said that the tourist’s town needs to be clean adding that development partners are ready to support the project that is environmentally friendly.
Apart from that the governor said that his administration with the help of development partners has embarked on the construction of toilets in both Malindi and Watamu towns at a cost of about Sh120 million.
He stated that the modern toilets will cost a total of Sh10 million and will have among other services, a modern bathroom with fully furnished modern bathing facilities.
“We have plans to create job opportunities for our youths and women by allowing them to run the operation of the modern toilets once they are ready,” he said.
The issue of Malindi town drainage system, he said is part of his administration agenda, admitting it is one of the stumbling blocks to the development of the tourist’s town.
Mung’aro who was attending a church service at Jesus Cares Center took time to state his 100 days in office achievement included the stocking of adequate medical drugs in all the county’s health facilities.
“I have signed a supplementary budget that included the purchase of state-of-the art ambulances to replace the aging ones. Some of the ambulances we have been using are not fitted with lifesaving equipment while rushing a patient for referrals. Now we want to have some of the best ambulances that will be at par in saving life’s when called into operation,” he said.