Lamu Governor Issa Timmamy is under intense pressure to explain to Kiunga residents how the sh 250 million water project launched two years ago in the area failed to take off.
The project was meant to channel clean piped water from Lake Mangai to Kiunga town and had been anticipated to bring to a close constant water shortages in the entire Lamu East, according to the area residents.
Kiunga MCA Omar Lali who is also the chairperson of the County Assembly budgetary committee claimed on Thursday that the project had received Sh.25 Million in its first phase and later on Sh.30 Million in the second phase.
Lali called on Governor Issa Timamy to come clean and explain to residents how the money allocated for the project was spent on the already stalled project.
He said his committee was yet to understand what the money was used for since the project stalled at the initial stages.
Lali alleged the project’s instability arose at a time when Governor Timamy announced that the Saudi Arabian Embassy was taking over the funding of the project, a move he says completely grounded it.
He said there were very high chances that the problem of water shortage in Lamu East could easily be resolved if proper strategies were followed to enable the channeling of fresh water from Lake Mangai to Kiunga and the rest of Lamu East.
“Our aim is to bring fresh water from Lake Mangai to Kiunga in order to deal with the existing shortage. When the project was launched, the governor instead of stepping aside and allow for the work to go on, he chose to halt it altogether by claiming the Saudi embassy was willing to sponsor. Two years have now gone and still no sign of any funding from anywhere. Water shortage is still an issue. We need a way forward on this matter,” said Lali.
Lamu East sub-county has continued to experience constant water shortages among other challenges for so long with locals being forced to depend on salty water from open-ended boreholes, which many say, is a health risk.
A 20 liter jerrican of fresh water in Lamu East goes for Sh.100, a figure that many of the poor populace in Lamu East cannot afford.
Several attempts to reach the Lamu Governor and his office over the claims were fruitless.
However, many residents are optimistic that with proper and timely interventions, the proposed water project will eventually take off and enable them lay their hands on clean fresh water from Lake Mangai.