Leaders give conditions for water tunnel project
Murang’a politicians and professionals demand that they county get a percentage of fees from the water authority
Murang’a leaders have laid down conditions that must be met for the northern collector tunnel project to proceed.
They said the conditions will ensure residents benefit from the project.
Leaders want the law changed for the county to get a percentage of the abstraction fee from the Water Resource Management Authority.
They demanded that Nairobi pay for water it is drawing from Murang’a.
The leaders said locals must be given priority and the project timelines set to benefit locals must be clarified.
The leaders are MPs Jamleck Kamau (Kigumo), Irungu Kang’ata (Kiharu), Alice Wahome (Kandara), Clement Wambugu (Mathioya) and Tirus Ngahu (Kangema).
Murang’a professionals and local leaders yesterday gave the Athi Water Services Board and Water CS Eugene Wamalwa the conditions at a forum at Safari Park Hotel.
We need to ensure the injustice witnessed in the development of the Ndakaini Dam does not occur again, Kamau said.
Murang’a County Initiative Steering Committee chairman Kiarie Mwaura asked who will be in charge of the tunnel once completed.
Senator Kembi Gitura asked what role the 80 per cent of water being taken to Nairobi has in generation of 60 per cent of Nairobi GDP.
He said he is not opposed to the project but wants the county and leaders to be involved in it.
“We do not want Corporate social responsibility projects. We can built a police station using the CDF. We want to be part of the project for Murang’a county to meet budgetary allocation,” he said.
Wamalwa said the abstraction fee must be anchored in law to avoid agreements being entered by counties as they are bound to bring legal tussles. He said the Aberdares ecosystem will be reforested.
Wamalwa said a meeting will be set in Murang’a to address the issues raised.
Water CS Eugene Wamalwa and Murang’a Senator Kembi Gitura at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, yesterday