Nairobi, KENYA: Legislators from Muranga county have vowed to introduce a piece of legislation in parliament which will guide commercial interests of the counties rich in water sources; so as to benefit from the commodity when it is distributed to other counties.
Speaking during a meeting in Nairobi which brought together stakeholders in the water sector from Nairobi after emergence of controversial Northern Collector Tunnel water project worth shs 6.4 billion in Muranga county ,Kiharu MP Irungu Khangata said that soon he will table a bill in parliament which will guide commercial interests of the commodity when it is shared to other counties for mutual benefit.
His bid was backed by Muranga governor Mwangi Wa Iria who asked the legislators to fastrack the bill ,down playing opposition chief Raila Odinga ‘s allegations that the project is implemented clandestinely by the government and is detrimental to the environment.
However, Water and Irrigation cCabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa urged the legislators to pass the proposed legislation warning that memorandum of understanding between counties has been overshadowed with conflicts.
Wamalwa down played allegations that the project poses danger to Muranga , Ukambani and coastal residents insisting that the project has been given clean bill of health by experts.
“The matter has been raised in court ,and the project is on going because it has been found to be proper ecologically, hydrologically, technically this has been the main concern of the Muranga leadership. “Wamalwa said
Odinga had warned that implementation of the project will lead into disruption of water flow in the rivers that feed into River Tana which could turn Murang’a, Garissa, Ukambani and Tana Delta regions into deserts.