Prior to 1974, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation was a department in the Ministry of Agriculture. After this year, the Ministry was constituted and remained thus till 1992 when it Was merged with other departments to form the Ministry of Land Reclamation and Regional Development. After 1998, the Ministry was merged to form the Ministry of Water Resources.
In 2001 during a major merger of government Ministries and departments, the Ministry of Water Resources was merged with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
In January 2003 through the Presidential Circular No. 1 / 2003, the Department of Irrigation and Land Reclamation and the Department of Water were brought together to form the Ministry of Water Resources Management and Management. The creation of the Ministry consolidated the responsibility for the management and development of water resources, Irrigation, Drainage and Land Reclamation in one docket. In September 2004 through Presidential circular No. 1/2004, the Ministry was renamed the Ministry of Water and Irrigation.
In May 2013 through Executive Order No. 2/2013 the Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources (MEWNR) was established and mandated to undertake protection, conservation and development of environment and natural resources for sustainable development. In 2013, the government, in line with the Constitution, rationalized the portfolio, responsibilities and functions of all the ministries and other government agencies. Consequently, the Ministries of Environment and Mineral Resources, Forestry and Wildlife, Water and Irrigation and Regional Development were merged to form the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
In April 2015 Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources (MEWNR) was again split to form the current Ministry of water and irrigation, giving recognition to the crucial role played by the irrigation sub-sector in national development.
To ensure water resources availability and accessibility by all.
To contribute to national development by promoting and supporting integrated water resource management to enhance water availability and accessibility.
- Accelerating the implementation of water sector reforms;
- Improving the sustainable management of water resources;
- Improving the provision of water and sewerage services;
- Improving utilization of land through irrigation and land reclamation;
- Strengthening institutions in the Ministry and the water sector;
- Mobilizing resources and promoting efficiency in their utilization;
- Improving the management and access to water resources information