Construction of the 42 billion shillings Thwake Multipurpose dam in Makueni County will start next year and be completed in the year 2022.
The Ministry of Water and Irrigation that has so far paid out 3.5 billion shillings to over 1,600 land owners, says it is in the final stages of compensating landowners affected by the project.
Water CS Eugene Wamalwa said the dam will provide 134 million litres of water daily and will be the largest in East Africa.
The CS spoke at Maji House during the signing of the Thwake Dam contact with Gezhouba Group of Company from China.
“As a way of increasing the economic viability of the dam, the waters from the reservoir will also be used for generate hydropower. There is also the unquantifiable benefit of mitigating floods in the lower reaches of the river and provide water for irrigation,” Wamalwa said.
Construction is expected to start in 90 days and be completed in four years.
Thwake Multipurpose Dam that will cut across Makueni and Kitui counties will harness runoff water during the rains and then release it for domestic use, irrigation as well as generation of electricity.
The Multi-Purpose dam is expected to support irrigation of over 100,000 acres of land in Kitui and Makueni Counties for agricultural activities.
The project had delayed due to legal issues on the awarding of the tender after issues pitting two Chinese firms took center stage.