Kenya: Murkomen Blasts Kenyatta for Cancelling Kimwarer Dam Project

19 September 2019

Majority Leader in the Senate, Kipchumba Murkomen, has taken issue with the cancellation of the Kimwarer dam project.

In a thread of tweets he posted immediately after President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the immediate cancellation of the Sh22.2 billion dam project, Murkomen said the president was misled by a technical committee.

The president made the decision based on a report he received from a Technical Committee, which he had formed following the discovery of irregularities and improprieties surrounding two mega infrastructure projects -Kimwarer, and Arror dams.

"The committee established that no current reliable feasibility study had been conducted on the dam project," the State House said in a statement.

The technical committee, which recommended the cancellation, was chaired by Principal Secretary for Infrastructure Prof Paul Maringa.

Other members were Quantity Surveyor Julius Matu, Engineers Benjamin Mwangi and John Muiruri.

But Murkomen now says that the report of the cancellation is a deliberate act of discriminating Elgeyo Marakwet County and denying it its rightful share of national projects.

1.Planned Cancellation of Kimwarer&restructuring of Arror dams doesnt surprise me at all.The plan all along was to kill the projects.The composition of the technical committee doesnt reflect ethnic&regional balance. Maringa,Matu,Mwangi&Muiruri have sadly misled the President

-- KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) September 18, 2019

2. Tech committee didn't consult anyone&didnt carryout public participation.EMC has been denied rightful share of national projects in deliberate act of discrimination.They would rather default&pay contractors billions of money 4 breach of contract than to see our people benefit

-- KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) September 18, 2019

3.I urge the President to constitute a transparent team that is national in character to look at all projects in Kenya&that which will not ethnically profile some regions 4 discrimination. We're consulting as people of EMC&we shall do everything to ensure that justice is done

-- KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H (@kipmurkomen) September 18, 2019

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