Residents want Uhuru to rethink Kimwarer dam
SEE ALSO :The curse of handshake"We are consulting as the people of Elgeyo Marakwet and we shall do everything in our abilities to ensure that justice is not only done, but seen to be done to our people," said the area senator. "They (the Government) would rather default and pay the contractors billions of money for breach of contract than to see our people benefit from the national project. What a shame!" he added. According to the technical committee, the dam project was found to have been overpriced and would be financially unsustainable since it relies on a costly pumping mechanism to supply water. It was also found to be lying on a geological fault line. But the residents joined their leader in asking the President to rescind his decision, saying the recommendation was done devoid of their input and the team relied on unfounded information to recommend the dam cancellation. Threatened to march
SEE ALSO :Uhuru to open Naivasha SGR stationThey threatened to march to State House to seek answers with the Head of State over the issue, saying they had been denied their right to get development. “The President should know that his action has greatly shocked us and it is clear it was motivated by political witch-hunt. The technical team never visited this area to seek our opinion,” said Leonard Kimutai, Talal/Kimwarer dam Community Based Organisation (CBO) chairman. Mr Kimutai said the cancellation was a great blow to the region's prosperity since the project would have offered them an economic lifeline, blaming politics in the whole issue. "The political machination has now gone full circle because the detractors of the dam project never wanted its construction in the first place. From the onset, we knew the dam project would collapse when reports of embezzlement of funds surfaced,” he claimed. Victor Kimaiyo, another local, said there had been conspiracy theories from some individuals who wanted the dam relocated.
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