Kenya: Senate Legal Affairs Committee Subpoenas Report Recommending Cancellation of Kimwarer Dam

5 December 2019

Nairobi — The Senate Justice and Legal Affairs Committee on Thursday issued a 14-day ultimatum for the presentation of a report presented to President Kenyatta by a team of experts led by Public Works Principal Secretary Paul Maringa which recommended the cancellation of Kimwarer dam.

The Senator Samson Cherargei-led committee gave PS Maringa to weeks to submit the report before the committee after it emerged that the team of experts he led did not visit the site for the proposed Kimwarer multipurpose dam in Elgeyo Marakwet before authoring a report which recommended the project's cancellation.

Maringa explained the construction was cancelled because the dam sits on a fault line.

Maringa told the committee the decision to cancel the construction of Kimwarer dam was made even before the technical committee he chaired visited the site.

He said the team only relied on existing documentation on the project to arrive at a decision which informed the cancelation of the project by President Uhuru Kenyatta amid an outcry by a section of Rift Valley politicians led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.

When asked to furnish the committee with the report, Mahinga said the team of experts only had one copy which was presented to President Kenyatta.

He further stated that there was no feasibility study conducted and the consequences should the dam's walls break would be catastrophic.

Senators led by Murkomen and Nakuru' Susan Kihika however questioned the reasons behind the cancellation stating that there was no justification since the team of experts did not have firsthand information on the project.

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