4000 residents affected by Mwache dam to be compensated

The ongoing construction of Mwache Dam in Kwale that is expected to provide water in the Coast region. Kwale County assembly has suspended construction of the dam./Brivian Simiyu

Kwale, KENYA: Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya has said that over 4000 residents of Kinango sub-county affected by the Mwache multi-purpose water project dam will be compensated and relocated accordingly before the project commences. 

The county boss who spoke on Wednesday at his Kwale office when he met the World Bank mission and other stakeholders to discuss the progress of the multi-billion Mwache dam project, however, did not specify when the compensation exercise will kickoff.
He said that the county government is working closely with the national government to make sure that the issue is dealt with according to the law.

The Megaproject which is funded by the World Bank through the national government is expected to address challenges of water shortages in Kwale and Mombasa counties.
The discussions held at the Governor’s office revolved around on how the stakeholders are devoted to the project implementation process.
“I urge all stakeholders involved to work together in the realization Mwache dam project through the exchange of ideas, experiences, and expertise,” said Mvurya.
The project is expected to ease water shortage in the counties of the coast region.
In June 2017, National lands commission chair Mohamed Swazuri was given sh 150 million by the then Water and irrigation CS Eugene Wamalwa.