Three lawmakers criticise Raila for opposing Sh6.8bn project
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.