Nairobi, KENYA: Opposition chief Raila Odinga has revealed that the government wants to implement a secretive water project worth sh. 6.8 billion in Muranga county; which he says the Jubilee administration is clandestinely implementing against environmental experts goodwill.
In a media briefing in Nairobi on Monday ,Odinga urged president Uhuru Kenyatta to direct relevant authorities to put the project on hold; after alleging that the project lacked public participation and against environmental bodies and Muranga county assembly good will.
“The secrecy surrounding this project is by design .Even the Jubilee government knows it is a bad project . It will turn Muranga ,Garrissa ,Ukambani and Tana River region into desert in five years of implementation.” Odinga said
Mr Odinga claimed that the Northern Collector Tunnel will gather water at the source in the Aberdare forest and divert it to Thika’s Ndakaini Dam for use in Nairobi County.
“Seven rivers are targeted. All of them feed the River Tana, which is the source of livelihood for communities in Ukambani, Murang’a, Garissa, Tana River and north Mathioya,” he said.
Raila pointed out that the late Environment minister John Michuki objected the implementation of the project following adverse negative impact it had to the environment.
In a quick rejoinder, Jubilee majority leader Aden Duale downplayed Raila’s allegations on the project indicating that Odinga commissioned the project together with World Bank management and the then water minister Charity Ngilu.
“September 17th 2012 the former prime minister presided over the function in one of the hotels in Nairobi,in attendance among many others was officials of the world Bank officials from the french government and then minister for water madam Charity Ngilu.”Duale said.
He said that Raila’s allegation are due to CORD’s bickering that has been rocking the coalition in the recent past.