Se­na­tor says Kip­sigis el­ders have no rea­son to op­pose wa­ter project, wants them to with­draw suit

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley -

Bomet Se­na­tor Wil­fred Le­san has crit­i­cised a sec­tion of My­oot Kip­sigis Council of El­ders for op­pos­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Itare wa­ter project in Nakuru county.

He ac­cused them of be­ing mis­used by “an­tide­vel­op­ment in­di­vid­u­als”.

The el­ders sued the state over plans to di­vert wa­ter from a catch­ment area to Itare Dam. They moved to the High Court in Nakuru to stop the gov­ern­ment from pro­ceed­ing with the plan. The el­ders said the suit, to stop the planned di­ver­sion and sub­se­quent con­struc­tion of the Itare Dam, was filed on be­half of res­i­dents of Keri­cho and Bomet coun­ties. Le­san wants them to with­draw the case.

He said the el­ders do not have a sub­stan­tive case for block­ing the project. “Why would one want peo­ple to be­lieve that Itare River would dry up if that is not pure mal­ice?” Le­san asked.

He said it was wrong for the el­ders to move to court be­fore ex­haust­ing other res­o­lu­tion mech­a­nisms. “We are con­cerned that this could be a ploy by politicians op­posed to Ju­bilee in the Rift Val­ley to por­tray us neg­a­tively as we head to the next elec­tion,” he said.

/FELIX KIPKEMOI

Bomet Se­na­tor Wil­fred Le­san in Konoin on Septem­ber 28

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