Three law­mak­ers crit­i­cise Raila for op­pos­ing Sh6.8bn project

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Three Ju­bilee leg­is­la­tors have crit­i­cised Cord leader Raila Odinga for op­pos­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Sh6.8 bil­lion wa­ter project he launched as Prime Min­is­ter in 2012. They are Muthomi Njuki (Chuka Igam­bang’ombe), Kareke Mbiuki (Maara) and Tharaka Nithi woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Beatrice Nkatha. They spoke at Ki­rigi, Chuka Igam­bang’ombe, where they ac­com­pa­nied En­ergy CS Charles Keter to launch the Last Mile elec­tric­ity con­nec­tion pro­gramme. Njuki said Raila is not an ex­pert in en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment. He dis­agreed with Raila’s claims that the project, funded by the World Bank, will be dis­as­trous and cause de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion in Garissa, Ukam- bani, Coast and Tana River Delta. “There is no way one per­son can fault ev­ery­thing the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment wants to do to help Kenyans by pre­tend­ing to know ev­ery­thing. He is us­ing the project to build his po­lit­i­cal im­age,” Njuki said. Nkatha said Raila is against the project be­cause he wants kick­backs from it. The project will col­lect wa­ter from Seven Rivers in the Aber­dares and di­vert it to Thika’s Ndakaini Dam for use in Nairobi. Seven Rivers all feed the fa­mous River Tana, a source of liveli­hood for thou­sands of res­i­dents from Ukam­bani through Mu­rang’a, Garissa and Tana River. Wa­ter Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Eugene Wa­malwa de­nied Raila’s claims.

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