Murang’a gave conditions for water tunnel – rep
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.