Nairobi,KENYA:CORD principal Raila Odinga has called a halt to a sh. 33 billion project which according to him will bring environment degradation.
“The Itare Dam Water Supply Project at Mau Forest water tower will divert rivers Songol, Kipsonoi, Timbilil. These rivers feed rivers Sondu, Kuja, Mara , Nyando and Migori. The project intends to supply water to Nakuru and its satellite towns Molo, Elburgon,Salgaa and Njoro. Mau is one of Kenya’s biggest water towers,” said Raila on Friday during a press briefing.
Mr. Odinga said that no public participation was done in the counties to be affected, regarding this project ,which plans to yield 100,000 m3 of water a day.
“People in Narok, Bomet, Kericho,Kisii,Nyamira, Kisumu and Homa Bay counties were not consulted. This is unconstitutional”
“This is another project that has started before the environmental impact licenses have been issued. It is not clear whether a license has been issued by the National Environmental Authority NEMA to support this dam,” he remarked.
Mr. Odinga further added that the project will shift water from Lake Victoria catchment to Lake Nakuru basin.
“This transfer of water will adversely affect the Sondu-Miriu River and this affects the Sondu-Miriu Hydro Electric Power Station hence turn Kenya’s investment into a white elephant. It will also turn Bomet, Migori,Kisumu, Nyamira and Kericho to near desert regions,” he said.
He stated that farming at the South Rift was now at risk
“The Kenya Tea Development Authority is relying on the affected rivers to generate power for the tea factory. The ecosystem of the Mara River is at risk once River Mara is interfered with. Narok County’s economy is built on this river’s tourism activities. Impact might extend beyond our borders,probably Tanzania .Another dam, another crime,” concluded Odinga.