The Star (Nairobi)

4 September 2014

Kenya: Sh1.5 Billion Nyamira Dam May Be Relocated

THE Sh4.5 billion Bunyunyu Dam Water Project planned for Kitutu Masaba, Nyamira county might be relocated if residents reject it.

Gusii Water and Sanitation Company managing director John Mogoba cautioned residents against politicing the project.

"If they continue to oppose the project then the danger is that it might be relocated elsewhere," he said.

Mogoba said the project, which will be under Lake Victoria South Water Services, was approved after talks between the Kenyan and Dutch governments.

"The project will not be relocated anywhere other than the area covered by Lake Victoria South Water services board," he said.

On May 15, residents threatened to protest to Dutch Ambassador to Kenya Joost Reintjes after he visited the site.

Reintjes was with Water executives Skitter Ocharo (Kisii) and her Nyamira counterpart Frank Ombati and Lake Victoria South water services board chairman Joseph Weya.

They quickly left the site after rumours spread that residents were against the project for fear of losing their land.

Mogoba called elected leaders to educate locals on the importance of the project.

"The perception that they will lose their land should not arise," he said.

He said that the Dutch government will construct the dam and build a water treatment plant, which will produce 43 million cubic metres of water every day.

"The project is noble because if completed, it will solve water problems in Kisii and Nyamira counties. Residents should be informed that it will serve many generations to come," Mogoba said.

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