By Rose Welimo
The European Union in conjunction with the Danish government has donated over 2billion shillings for improvement of Water and sanitation services in the country.
Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa pointed out that the funds donated by the partners are aimed at ensuring that the public gets water and improved sanitation.
Speaking in Laikipia when he paid a courtesy call on governor Joshua Irungu, Wamalwa noted that access to clean water and proper sanitation services are at a very low level of 22 % and the funds will help to up this percentage to 60 % to ensure Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are achieved.
The CS who was accompanied by partners from EU including Erik Habers, Head of Cooperation (EU) and Ambassador Mette Knudsen of Denmark said they are scrutinizing how the funds have been utilized and to interact directly with the beneficiaries.
In Laikipia County the ministry of water is establishing two mega dams at Wiyumiririe and Kahurura and the CS pointed out that will start soon.
Wamalwa observed that once these dams are constructed they will solve the problem of shortage of water in the semi-arid parts of Laikipia and Kieni.
He also noted a mega dam known as Crocodile Jaw Dam on the Ewaso Nyiro River is being constructed in Laikipia North is under construction and will be supplying water to Isiolo County.
The CS noted that the government was aware of regular conflicts emanating from illegal extraction of water from rivers by flower farms in Meru County living downstream users in Laikipia with dry rivers and noted that the problem will be solved once the dams are complete.
The minister is on a three days tour to five counties namely, Laikipia, Isiolo, Samburu, Meru and Tharaka Nithi.