Kenya: Water Board Begins to Build Murang’a Tunnel

The Athi Water Services Board has been accused of starting the construction of Northern Water Tunnel without clear guidelines by the stakeholders.

Murang’a Senator Kembi Gitura said the board is acting with impunity by constructing the water tunnel.

He said the tunnel will draw water from Gikigie, Maragua and Irati rivers in Murang’a county.

Kembi was speaking in Murang’a town. “I wonder why the Athi Water Services Board has gone contrary to an order by environmental tribunal which barred the construction until all parties come into consensus,”argued Kembi.

He said local leaders in consultation with officials of the board and representatives from Nairobi county agreed to constitute a technical committee to assess the impact of the project

but the report has not been released and discussed by the parties.

Kembi said the project was stopped after some engineers from the county moved to court seeking consultations and assessment on the water tunnel funded by World Bank at Sh6.4 billion.

The Athi Water Services Board has been accused of starting the construction of Northern Water Tunnel without clear guidelines agreed upon by all stakeholders.

Murang’a senator Kembi Gitura said the board is acting with impunity by constructing the water tunnel which will draw water from three rivers in Murang’a County as the stakeholders are still waiting for report by technocrats on social impact of the project.

Kembi who spoke in Murang’a town said the local leaders in consultation with officials of the board and representatives from Nairobi county government agreed to constitute a technical committee to assess the impact of the project and up to now ,the report has not been released and discussed by the parties.

He said the project was stopped after some engineers from the county moved to the court seeking consultations and assessment about construction of the water tunnel funded by World Bank at a tune of Sh. 6.4 billion.

“I wonder why the Athi Water Services Board has gone contrary to an order by environmental tribunal which has barred the construction of the tunnel until all parties come into consensus,”argued Kembi.

 

-The Star

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