Water and sanitation challenges experienced across the country especially in the informal human settlements in urban areas are set to receive critical attention following the launch of a synergistic partnership between JKUAT and Lixil Corporation of Japan, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
Speaking during the signing of a memorandum of understanding that was also attended by JICA Officials, Lixil Corporation’s delegation led by the Managing Director, Masahira Oda, said the initiative signalled the corporation’s entry into the African market to provide its housing technology, particularly in water and sanitation which targets the toilet system.
According to Dick Olang of OSA Japan, the toilet system technology will see “the processing of waste as a resource, by converting human waste into economically viable outputs.”
Mr. Oda who was accompanied by Ms. Yu Yamakami, a researcher at Lixil said they were ready to provide a comfortable and easy housing system, and offer water and sanitation solutions to the Kenyan market.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga lauded Lixil Corporation for choosing to partner and work with JKUAT and further appreciated Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the people of Japan for their invaluable support that has significantly contributed to JKUAT’s enormous progress.
Commenting on the water and sanitation project, Prof. Imbuga said, the project will “significantly transform Kenya especially in the informal settlement areas which have for a long time, faced a lot of challenges in handling sanitation issues.”
The VC told the partners that it was refreshing to learn that the toilet system could separate solid and liquid waste, adding, the research work that will go into the project will change the perception of people towards human waste
According to the MoU whose signing was witnessed by JICA team which included Prof. Shinjiro Shiomi, Kenji Aizono and Hellen Kimura, the joint venture will among others entail sharing of JKUAT physical facilities, institutional capacity building and information dissemination and publication.
The two parties will also undertake the evaluation of composting and water purifying system, grey water system, effect of the compost on plants, green energy usage, co-authorship and publication of joint research findings.
Present during the launch of the initiative were Deputy Vice Chancellor (RPE) Prof. Esther Kahangi, Prof. Robert Kinyua (IEET), Bernard Otoki Moirongo (SABS), Vivian Nyambura (Legal Office), Dr Kaibui Mwikamba (Liason Office), Mr. Francis Xavier (IEET).