Mombasa,KENYA:The national government has launched the anticipated Mwache water project that will cost the government sh five hundred and forty million to solve the water problem in Mombasa County.
Addressing a public rally at the Likoni Caltex ground on Friday the deputy president William Ruto said the project which is 52 kilometers long will distribute water to Likoni residents and its environs including the entire Mombasa county adding that the county has been experiencing a water shortage since the past regimes but no action has been taken.
The deputy president faulted the county government for ignoring the locals since they descended into power saying that they lack development agenda.
“The sh 540 million project which is 52 kilometers long will distribute water to all Likoni residents and Mombasa County as a whole. The problem of water shortage will be sorted out as soon as this project starts functioning.” He said.
On the other hand, Water and irrigation cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa noted that the water will be sourced from Mwache in Kwale and Mzima Springs in Taita Taveta counties and pointed out that the two sources will Sort out the water problem in Mombasa county and saying that Mombasa residents require three million liters everyday.
Wamalwa observed that the project is among the series of projects initiated by the central government to ease water shortage in coast counties.
“We shall source the water from Mwache in Kwale and Mzima Springs in Taita Taita Taveta. These two sources will solve the water problem in this county. The local here require three million litres of water every day.” The CS said.
However the CS urged politicians to stop politicizing the project but instead concentrate on constructive campaigns as the country gears towards the electioneering period.
The national government has been in a tussle with the county government on claims that it is launching old county projects.
At the same time the county government has been claiming that water is a devolved function and as a county it is mandated to carry out its functions without any external interference.
According to Mombasa county officials the project in question (Likoni DMA Water Project has been financed by the French government through the national government of Kenya treasury ministry where Mombasa Governor Hon. Joho and Water Cabinet Secretary Hon. Eugene Wamalwa had signed the project in Paris, France last year.
Also in attendance were the Mombasa gubernatorial aspirant on Jubilee ticket Suleiman Shahbal, Anania Mwaboza, Tourism cabinet secretary Najib Balala, Likoni legislator Masoud Mwahima and Mombasa deputy commissioner Evans Achoki.