Stop Mu­rang’a wa­ter pro­ject, says Aden

Says those in­volved in the pro­ject should be brought to book, as it will hurt Kenyans

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

Balam­bala MP Ab­dikadir Aden has crit­i­cised the Sh6.8 billion wa­ter pro­ject in Mu­rang’a county.

He said it is a se­ri­ous threat that will hurt many Kenyans liv­ing along the River Tana, in­clud­ing the peo­ple of Garissa county.

Wa­ter from three rivers – Irati, Gikigie and Maragwa – would be di­verted to Ndakaini dam through an 11.8km tun­nel to in­crease sup­ply to Nairobi by up to 140,000 cu­bic me­tres daily.

Op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga on Mon­day termed the pro­ject “se­cret tun­nels of death”. He said it will dis­rupt the wa­ter flow of trib­u­taries feed­ing River Tana. This could turn Mu­rang’a, Garissa, Ukam­bani and Tana Delta re­gions into deserts, he said.

Aden said the pro­ject will dry up the Tana River.

“We the peo­ple of Balam­bala con­stituency (who de­pend on the River Tana) con­demn this pro­ject and join Raila in de­mand­ing that the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment stop it with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. It should also bring to book all the per­sons in­volved in the pro­ject for vi­o­lat­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion and se­cretly un­der­tak­ing a pro­ject with the po­ten­tial of hurt­ing many Kenyans.”

Aden praised Raila for telling Kenyans about the pro­ject. He said no pub­lic fo­rums were held in the coun­ties to be af­fected.

“This is not only un­con­sti­tu­tional, but also in­sin­cere of a gov­ern­ment ex­pected to al­ways act in good faith of the gen­eral pub­lic,” Aden said.

The gov­ern­ment has strongly de­fended the pro­ject and ac­cused Raila of politi­cis­ing all the pro­grammes it im­ple­ments.

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