Mu­rang’a to get ex­tra Sh500m com­pen­sa­tion for wa­ter tun­nel

The money will be used to con­nect more homes to the wa­ter sup­ply sys­tem in the county and im­prove dis­tri­bu­tion of the com­mod­ity to res­i­dents

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - ALICE WAITHERA @Alice­wangechi

Mu­rang’a county will re­ceive an ex­tra Sh500 mil­lion from the na­tional govern­ment as com­pen­sa­tion for the North­ern Wa­ter Col­lec­tor Tun­nel.

Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto said the money will be used to en­hance wa­ter con­nec­tiv­ity and ex­pand its dis­tri­bu­tion to homes.

He spoke on Satur­day in Maragua town as he in­spected de­vel­op­ment projects.

The DP said the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing liveli­hoods.

He slammed op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga for politi­cis­ing the tun­nel.

“Raila wanted the peo­ple of Mu­rang’a to get an­gry with the govern­ment and with­draw their sup­port,” Ruto said.

He was re­spond­ing to calls by lo­cal lead­ers to en­hance wa­ter con­nec­tion in Maragua sub­county, where res­i­dents rely on bore­holes.

Gov­er­nor Mwangi Wairia said the big­gest chal­lenge for the county is wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion.

Wa­ter CS Eu­gene Wamalwa has agreed to al­lo­cate funds for pro­cure­ment of pipes to dis­trib­ute al­ready har­vested wa­ter to homes, he said.

Athi Wa­ter Ser­vices Board, which is con­struct­ing the 11.8km tun­nel meant to draw wa­ter from rivers Gikigie, Maragua and Mathioya, has ini­ti­ated wa­ter projects worth Sh4.4 bil­lion in the county as com­pen­sa­tion.

The tun­nel is funded by the World Bank at a cost of Sh6.8 bil­lion and will con­vey 142,000 cu­bic me­tres of wa­ter into Ndakaini Dam ev­ery day for use in Nairobi county.

Last month, Wamalwa said the govern­ment has set aside Sh290 mil­lion for the Gatanga ir­ri­ga­tion project, Sh220 mil­lion for Gatango ir­ri­ga­tion project and Sh1.2 bil­lion for Ithanga ir­ri­ga­tion project.

A fur­ther Sh50 mil­lion, he said, has been set aside to es­tab­lish a wa­ter mas­ter plan for Mu­rang’a county that will be done in part­ner­ship with the county govern­ment.

Athi Wa­ter Ser­vices Board has also ad­ver­tised for a con­sul­tant to carry out a fea­si­bil­ity study for the con­struc­tion of the multi-pur­pose Maragua Dam that will im­prove wa­ter pro­vi­sion in both Mu­rang’a and Nairobi coun­ties.


The North­ern Wa­ter Col­lec­tor Tun­nel be­ing built at Makom­boki in Kigumo, Mu­rang’a county, to sup­ply Nairobi county

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