HON EUGENE WAMALWA, EGH, WATER AND IRRIGATION CABINET SECRETARY APPEALS TO NAIROBIANS TO USE WATER PRUDENTLY DURING THE ONGOING WATER RATIONING PERIOD.
Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, EGH, Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation has appealed to Nairobi residents to use water sparingly and prudently during the ongoing water rationing period brought about by the adverse effects of the Drought.
The CS at the same time warned some water cartels members who are taking advantage of the current water shortages to economically exploit Nairobi Residents from their hard earned monies through charging exorbitant prices for this commodity of dire consequences when exposed.
“ My appeal to all Kenyans is that they should not waste even one drop of water and must recycle water where applicable as the rains are expected sometime in April this year and therefore, each and every one of us must use water responsibly”, the CS said.
The Water and irrigation CS said this on 11th, January in the Ministry’s Boardroom in Maji house, Nairobi while a addressing a joint Press Conference with representatives from the Nairobi County Government led by Eng. Kimori P. M, County Executive Committee Member, ( CEC) in charge of Water, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources.
Present during this Press Conference were the Principal Secretaries Pro.f Fred Segor for Water Services, Mr Patrick N Mwangi for Irrigation, Eng. Philip Gichuki Managing Director, Nairobi Water and Sewerage Campany, and other Chief Executive Officers of relevant Water Service Boards as well as the National Irrigation Board among others.
The CS attributed the Water Shortage in Nairobi to the reduction of water levels in Ndakaini Dam to slightly below 50% due to the ongoing drought that has hit parts of the Country but assured Nairobi Residents and Kenyans at large that the Government has put in place measures to curb the persistent Water Shortages as well as mitigate the adverse effects of the ongoing drought.
Such measures include the construction of the Northern Collector Tunnel in Muranga currently at 20% completion status, Etare Dam in Nakuru, others were being constructed in Baringo, Turkana, Pokot, Kisumu Country namely Koru Dam, among others in a bid to improve water storage and harvesting capacity so that Kenyans water interests were protected.
The CS hit out at a section of opposition Politicians, who he said were politicizing the Water projects to get political mileage and described this practice as anti development saying that “experts should be allowed to implement Vision 2030 programmes out to enhance water and food security critical for country’s socio-economic stability and accelerated development without unwarranted criticism”.
CS Wamalwa pointed out the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between his Ministry and the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, specifically, department of Special programmes which saw at least 10,000 bags of Maize harvested from the Galana Kulalu Food Security Programme in Kilifi Country distributed to famine hit residents of Tana River, Ganze, Kilifi, Hola and other coastale regions with free water boozers also availed to them to mitigate effects of the ongoing draught.
CS Wamalwa disclosed that his Ministry has put in place long-term strategies to ensure that Irrigation programmes succeeded for enhanced food security. “The Thiba Dam in Mwea Irrigation area will be launched soon and will redouble Rice production in that region, the 7 Billion Bura Irrigation Project , the 10 Billion World Bank funded Bunyalla Irrigation Project the Koru Dam set to strengthen the Ahero Rice Irrigation Scheme in Kano West, Kisumu County are just, but a few of these programmes that are aimed at strengthening the Irrigation sector in our country for improve yields”, the CS said.
PS Irrigation Mr. Mwangi assured Kenyans that the government will ensure that water usage upstream is controlled in regards to irrigation where necessary through the relevant government agencies so that there is no adverse impact downstream on water use.
Eng. Kimori P.M, CEC for Water Nairobi Country assured Nairobi residents that water services to vital institutions like Airports, Hospitals among others will continue uninterrupted even during the water rationing period.
He disclosed that he had handed in a proposal to the National Government through CS Wamalwa on the need for the development and implementation of Ground water projects for Nairobi County developed in 2009 which also proposed that 40 additional boreholes be drilled in Nairobi at an estimated cost of Kshs 200 million to curb the water shortages.