INVESTIGATIONS WON'T AFFECT DAMS

Dam projects to proceed amid probe - Chelugui

Chelugui disclosed that his ministry will address the acute shortage of water facing public institutions by sinking boreholes for them.

WATER SHORTAGE: Water CS Simon Chelugui speaking at Kapsabet Girls on March 16.
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In Summary

•Chelugui spoke at Kapsabet Girls High School in Nandi county on Saturday during a thanksgiving ceremony where he was the chief guest.

Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui has said construction of dams will continue across the country despite the ongoing probe.

“The problems you are aware of are merely procedures followed, but the dam projects will continue, they are the future of Kenya,” the CS added.

The country is suspected to have lost Sh21 billion in fraudulent payments for work not done.

Chelugui spoke at Kapsabet Girls High School in Nandi county on Saturday during a thanksgiving ceremony where he was the chief guest.

He said his ministry had lined up 57 dams spread across the country targeting urban areas currently experiencing an acute shortage of water.

“About 50 urban areas are seriously in need of water among them Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, and most of the towns in the lower eastern region,” Chelugui said.

Chelugui disclosed that his ministry will address the acute shortage of water facing public institutions by sinking boreholes for them.

“What we require is a proposal so that our hydrologist can come and survey to assess the area within which to sink the borehole,” Chelugui added.

He said Lake Victoria North Water Services Board was implementing the construction of an Sh7.7 billion Keben water dam to solve water problems in Kapsabet, Nandi-Hills and Baraton University water.

The government is working to ensure all towns have access of at least 80 percent water coverage by 2022 as part of vision 2030.

“We are aware that Nandi county despite being a key water source for our major towns in the Western faces shortage of clean water,” Chelugui added.

He explained that water problems in Kisumu will soon be history as soon as he construction of a multi-purpose dam in Kericho commissioned by president Kenyatta four months ago was completed.

The CS however cautioned Kenyans against politicising development programs.