The Star (Nairobi)

30 November 2012

Kenya: Nyangusu Residents Say Sh0.5 Billion Dam a Let Down

The residents of Nyacheki division in Kisii have raised concern over the bad state of Nyangusu/Riakiriama dam in which over Sh15 million is said to have been spent.

Led by their area councillor Albert Nyangena, they said the project has not be done as per community needs and expectations.

They also said that government funds have been misappropriated since the work on site cannot have cost Sh15 million.

"As a community, we fear the dam which was constructed by the National Water Conservation and Pipeline Cooperation is set to be awarded a certificate of completion despite glaring anomalies," said Nyangena.

He was speaking at the site and was accompanied by the Project Committee chairman, secretary and treasurer respectively, Kefa Ongubo, Henry Onyoni and Agnes Ogata.

"We also want to know whether there was a Bill of Quantities and any drawings for the project and why the BQ did not include crucial aspects raised by the community in a site meeting in which the Gucha District Water Officer attended," said Nyangena.

They wondered why the dam was not fenced and why the construction excluded the tapping of three water springs which the community had wanted culverts installed in order to avoid water contamination and allow continuous flow of water.

"We also need to know why we are are now being asked to put up the culverts ourselves when we were assured in two previous meetings held at the site that they will be taken care of" he said.

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