The government plans to conduct complementary studies for the construction of the Thwake Multipurpose Water Development Program in Ukambani.
The studies seek to among others establish potential loss of infrastructure, human and animal life, develop response plans and protocols as well as identify possible health problems.
Kitui and Makueni Counties residents have been at loggerheads with the government following a disagreement on the proposed Thwake dam priorities.
And while the locals want the 42 billion shillings dam to produce water for domestic use and irrigation, the government had insisted that the first priority will be production of electricity.
The matter appears to have been solved anyway, and the government through the State Department of Irrigation has invited eligible consultants to express their interest in conducting complementary studies on the mega dam.
According to a statement from the Ministry, “the state department has received financing form the African Development bank towards the cost of the Thwake Multipurpose water Development Program Phase 1.
The Government intends to apply part of the loan to payments under the contracts for the following studies, Thwake Dam Break Analysis and Emergency Preparedness Plan, The Development and Implementation of a Monitoring and Evaluation Integrated Management Information System and a Health Impact Assessment on Thwake Multi-Purpose water Development Program.
The project is designed to be undertaken in four non-simultaneous phases: Construction of a reservoir, generation of power, installation of a water and sewerage system and building an irrigation system.
The first study aims at identifying “what if” scenarios in the event of a dam breach so as to develop response plans and protocols, while the second one is geared towards developing programs that will enable monitoring and evolution of the project.
The health impact Assessment is to identify health problems that can be addressed alongside issues of HIV/AIDS within the target area and target communities in the program.
Already, 90 percent of compensation for land has been done and the rest are set to be compensated before the project officially commences. The project is expected to take about 3 years to completion.