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KACWASCO signs a Contract for ERP Implementation

KACWASCO signs a Contract for ERP Implementation

Kakamega County Water and Sanitation Company (KACWASCO) has signed a contract with an ERP solutions provider, Smart People Africa Ltd, to execute implementation of an ERP system for the Water Service Provider, after it successfully went through an open tender process.

The CEO KACWASCO, Eng. Abdi; and the MD Smart People Africa Ltd., Mr. Ndirangu, display the contract after signing it.

The contract was signed by the KACWASCO CEO Eng. Abdikadir M. Abdi, and SPA Managing Director Mr. Stephen Ndirangu at KACWASCO Boardroom on 29th April 2021 and was witnessed by Managers from both companies, among them KACWASCO Principal Legal Officer Ms Christabel Ashino, the Commercial and Finance Manager Mr. Edwin Bukweye, the Technical Manager Mr. Celsus Shilehwa, the Procurement Manager Ms Carolyne Adagala, the Human Resources and Administration Manager, among others.

Managers from KACWASCO and Smart People Africa Ltd, witnessed signing of the contract

The ERP will see KACWASCO transform into a fully fledge IT-driven company with all core operations being automated and available online globally. The ERP will integrated operations in core services bring a convergence and 360-degrees view of Technical services covering Production, Distribution, Water Quality Control, Non-Revenue Management, GIS, Meter reading and Billing; Commercial and Financial Services; Customer Services & Relations Management; Human Resources Managements, Staff self-service portal and Performance Management; Procurement, Logistics, Transport and Projects Management services; among other services.

The successful implementation of the identified ERP provided by Smart People Africa, which is already in use in a number of Water Companies in Kenya, is expected to turn-around the company in the next couple of months, as already experienced in those WSPs.

The ERP will enhance efficiency of both internal and external processes and operations, and increase fast access to accurate data, which will increase accountability and reliability of information at all time. The implementation process will see all internal stakeholders in the company involved in its success come together various trainings and in redesigning various procedures to streamline key processes to be in line with a new Data / IT-driven organizational culture.

Governor Signs Water Bill To Enhance Water Services In The County

Governor Signs Water Bill To Enhance Water Services In The County

Governor H.E Dr Wycliffe Oparanya has signed into law the Kakamega County Water and Sanitation Services Bill, 2021 to enhance operational efficiency.

He said with the signing of the law, he expects his Government through the Department of Water, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change to implement his dream of having water supply in all villages under the Amatsi khu-Mukuru initiative.

“Lack of a proper legislation had hindered the growth and effective service delivery by the County water company. As a result my dream of having water in all homesteads has not been achieved,” said Governor Oparanya.

Speaking after signing the Bill, the Governor said cash flow challenges and Covid-19 have contributed to the County’s failure to supply clean pipe water to all homesteads.

However, he said the County Government is committed to ensure more people are accessed to clean water and each Sub County has a water project to achieve the target of all homesteads get pipe water.

“We are committed to ensuring that all sub counties have a water project to ensure people get clean water at their doorstep,” he said.

Deputy Governor H.E Prof Philip Kutima thanked all stakeholders who worked tirelessly to ensure the law is in place.

He noted that the County has two water companies for urban and rural areas.

“The earlier Act had several challenges that hindered service delivery but with the new law we expect it to streamline operations,” said Prof Kutima.

Mr Fanuel Kulati, CECM for Water, Environment Natural Resources and Climate Change said his department is committed to ensuring water services are improved.

“We are embracing the idea of smart meter technology to improve on our services and seal loopholes for corruption,” said Mr Kulati.

He urged defaulters who owe the water company debts to pay to enable the company serve them better.

CECMs, County Secretary and Head of Public Service Madam Jacinta Aluoch, MCAs led by Deputy Speaker Hon Leonard Kasaya among other officials were present.