Mu­rang’a gave con­di­tions for wa­ter tun­nel – rep

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

The Mu­rang’a as­sem­bly has listed con­di­tions it gave the Athi Wa­ter Ser­vices Board be­fore the con­tro­ver­sial north­ern col­lec­tor tun­nel is con­structed. As­sem­bly speaker Nd­uati Kar­iuki, in a state­ment car­ried in lo­cal dailies yes­ter­day, said the project mem­bers stud­ied the project plan and in­ter­viewed ex­perts from the board be­fore giv­ing ap­proval. “Aware of their lim­i­ta­tion as politi­cians to fully com­pre­hend in­tri­cate tech­ni­cal mat­ters, they [Athi Wa­ter Ser­vices Board] called a meet­ing of stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing in­de­pen­dent en­gi­neers, to in­ter­ro­gate the project. When the two sets of ex­perts could not agree, they were tasked to go and pro­pose amend­ments for the project so that it fits all con­di­tions set by the as­sem­bly,” he said. Some Mu­rang’a res­i­dents and politi­cians have raised con­cerns about the Sh6.8 bil­lion project aimed at in­creas­ing wa­ter sup­ply in Nairobi and other satel­lite towns. Of par­tic­u­lar con­cern are claims that the project will de­plete all un­der­ground wa­ter in Mu­rang’a, turn­ing the area into a desert in a few years. Cord leader Raila Odinga has de­scribed the project as “a tun­nel of death”. He ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of im­ple­ment­ing the project un­der a shroud of se­crecy, say­ing the state is aware of its dire im­pact. But Kar­iuki said some lead­ers make pro­nounce­ments with­out full and truth­ful in­for­ma­tion. “Tech­ni­cal mat­ters should be left to ex­perts. Politi­cians who have not even seen the re­port or scru­ti­nised the de­sign should not make them­selves ex­perts in wa­ter flows or min­i­mum com­pen­sa­tion flows,” he said. On Fri­day, Athi Wa­ter Ser­vices Board CEO Malaquen Milgo (pic­tured) said the project will not have neg­a­tive im­pacts on un­der­ground wa­ter in Mu­rang’a.

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