6 December 2012

Kenya: River Nzoia Irrigation Project for Siaya

FLOODING in Western Kenya may be a thing of the past after the Government announced plans to construct a multi-million dam on River Nzoia basin.

Speaking in Siaya yesterday, Special Programmes PS Andrew Mondoh said the multi-purpose dam project was one of the key flagship projects of the Vision 2030.

"Consultants are undertaking the design for the dam and feasibility studies are being carried out," said the PS. "Issues of flooding will be a thing of the past."

The PS was talking at a consultation forum on the second Medium Term Plan organised by the Ministry of Planning The country is preparing for the Second Medium Term Plan 2013-2017. He said the dam project will benefit residents who will use it for irrigation and hydro-electric power generation.

He made an assurance to the residents of Siaya and Bungoma that the government would involve all stakeholders in compliance with the new Internally Displaced Persons Policy as it embarks on the construction of the dam.

He called on the locals to fully embrace the project saying it would provide them with the much needed electric energy for timely realization of the Vision 2030.

Mr Mondoha further announced that the Government is planning to construct dykes in Usonga and Budalangi districts this year to protect area residents from the adverse effects of floods.

In a statement to residents of the counties ,planning minister Wycliffe Oparanya called upon Kenyans to take the consultation forums seriously and come with their own development plans and budget estimates.

The minister said social inclusion, local ownership, consensus building, access to information, accountable governance and clear roles and responsibilities of those involved in policy making and implementation would be considered to realize effective engagement of the stakeholders during the Second MTP Consultation process.

"In order to cascade the national development planning downwards, the Ministry is in the process of finalizing preparation of County Development Profiles. The profiles will provide the baseline information for the counties, including proposed projects which will form a basis for allocation of budgets to the county governments in the interim period before the county governments produce their own development plans and budget estimates," said Oparanya.

The vice chairpersoin of the Transitional Authority Angeline Hongo, told Siaya residents that the county planning framework shall integrate economic, physical, social, environmental and spatial planning. "County plans shall take due recognition of the financial viability of development programmes," she added.

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