They noted that lack of public awareness about the programmes and projects with direct impact on their socio-economic well being was a prohibitive factor in achieving the desired public buy-in for their sustainability.
The legislators who included Nancy Abisai, Abubakar Ogle, Joseph Kiangoi, Mumbi Ngaru and Judy Pareno, urged the commission staff to go out of their way and sensitize the public on their programmes and projects for the double benefit of achieving public visibility and at the same time enabling Kenyans to fully understand the benefits of the East African Community (EAC) Integration.
They assured the Commission of their support and readiness for a meaningful partnership that would enable all Kenyans to understand and appreciate the benefits accruable from the EAC integration and its decentralized projects and programmes.
At the LVEMP offices, the MPs were received by the Director of Projects, Programmes and Development Initiatives at the Ministry of Environment Ms Agnes Yobterik.
They later visited the Lake Victoria South Water Services Board (LVSWSB) and toured the board’s Water Quality Laboratory before visiting Kisat Wastewater treatment plant on the outskirts of Kisumu.
At Aldai Girls Secondary School in Nandi County, the regional legislators were full of praise for the School Principal Mrs Periz Siele and the LVEMP project implementation team, for prudent management of the project funds used for roof water harvesting and sanitation project.
Back to Kisumu and the team toured Kajulu Hilltop rehabilitation and soil conservation project where LVEMP implementation team has mobilized the local community and sponsored them for a joint conservation effort that has now rejuvenated the hitherto depleted hilltop.
According to the project’s community leaders, the programme has now been expanded to include tourist attractions, protecting the wildlife habiting in the rocky hills and engaging in bee-keeping for improved incomes.
At the Kaloka Beach Water Hyacinth control programme, where LVEMP has provided patrol boats and anti-hyacinth weevil nurturing, the MPs had a short boat ride on the calm lake waters, just to experience first-hand the process of hyacinth removal.
The last leg of the extensive tour was in Nyamira County where the legislators visited the massive Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation (LVWATSAN) II Interventions in Keroka that includes a water treatment plant, supply lines and sanitation initiatives.
The MPs expressed concern that massive projects were being done under the EAC integration process, but with very little information to the public about the implementers and funders.
They vowed to spearhead an intensive sensitization campaign to market the EAC projects among the public, noting that even direct beneficiaries of such projects were not aware that they were funded under the EAC through LVBC and LVEMP.