Dwindling River Thiba water levels trigger inter-county row
SEE ALSO :Student killers arrestedDuring the protest, Mugo Ekombo, a community leader, claimed the river had been blocked at Kangiciri in Kirinyaga County and the water diverted to rice fields. Angela Nyaga said the river has been without water for three weeks forcing them to drill holes within the river course. “But the holes we drill on the river bed are destroyed by lorries that harvest sand. We have children, animals and crops but we don’t have water to give them or use in other ways,” she said. Consequently, the angry residents offloaded sand from two lorries and levelled heaps of sand which had been placed at the bank of the river to dry before being transported. They forced the lorries to leave and warned drivers of dire consequences if they dared return to harvest sand.
SEE ALSO :Kirinyaga day care centres have no rulesMs Nyaga said after their first demonstration a fortnight ago, water flowed after farmers upstream unblocked the river. Boniface Mwaniki said residents have been collecting fish from the banks of the dry river. He said some farmers have lost their livestock due to lack of water. Some residents are forced to walk over 10km in search of water. Separately, farmers who depend on river water irrigation in the vast Mwea Trust land could lose their crop worth millions of shillings after Rupingazi River dries up. The farmers who specialise in horticultural farming said the river has dried up and only a few pools of water are left.
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