By Joseph Muchiri
A pregnant girl mauled to death by a crocodile at Kiambere dam was buried with calls for KenGen to help the local community.
Angeline Njoki Nthiga, 16, who was attacked as she fetched water two weeks ago, has been buried in Karuruma village, Mbeere North District.
Residents protested over lack of water as this consequently exposed them to the killer crocodiles. They have killed ten people recently as they drew water at the dam.
Former ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo Sylvester Gakumu said it was unfortunate that Njoki died at such a young age while this would have been easily prevented if the Government and area leaders had provided water to the residents.
“The Seven Folks Dams were built to provide electricity to the country. They have been contributing immensely to the development of the country but unfortunately at a heavy cost to the locals who do not enjoy electricity or piped water in their localities,” said Gakumu.
He said while it was good that KenGen was planning to provide piped water to the residents just like Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is doing, but area leaders had failed to do the same.
He called for the unity of all Embu leaders in solving problems facing wananchi.
The former ambassador said corporate bodies should provide water for both domestic and farming use to empower the impoverished locals.
KWS warden in charge of Embu and Kirinyaga counties Cornelius Muoka