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March 22, 2018

Sweden and Kajiado partner to produce electricity, gas from waste

Umea City Mayor Margaretta Ronngaren with Kajiado Deputy  Governor Martin Moshisho during their meeting in her office on February 17 , 2018. /KURGAT MARINDANY
Umea City Mayor Margaretta Ronngaren with Kajiado Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho during their meeting in her office on February 17 , 2018. /KURGAT MARINDANY

Sweden has partnered with Kajiado County to produce electricity and gas from waste in major towns.

The Scandinavian country is targeting total recycling of solid and liquid waste from the county’s urban centres.

Areas targeted through International Centre for Local Democracy (ICDL) are Rongai, Kiserian, Kitengela and Ngong. Their waste will be recycledalongside that from Machakos and Nairobi counties.

ICDL will implement the project through Umea City's international project on solid and waste water management.

Kajiado Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho and Umea City's Mayor Margaretta Ronngaren signed the deal in Sweden last week.

"The partnership will run into millions of shillings. We have now started to craft a master plan that will guide the exact amount of funds to be availed to Kajiado County," said Moshisho.

"From our preliminary talks, it will definitely be more than Sh300 million."

Moshisho said the project had suffered a lull last year due to political uncertainty.

"We are now back on track with the new confirmation of funding from Sweden," he said.

Umea City's Head of International Affairs, Cathrin Alenskar, confirmed that targeted waste will be from the rapidly growing towns.

"We shall start by training stakeholders on best practices and how to make a fortune from waste," Alenskar said when Moshisho met her in Sweden.

"In Sweden, we actually import waste from neighbouring counties. We want Kajiado to be able to welcome waste from neighbouring counties and make money out of it."

To further reap from the new partnership, Moshisho announced that Kajiado will join Symbiocities, another international programme that helps counties in Kenya develop sustainable projects to address various challenges.

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