By Margaret Kalekye
Murang’a governor Mwangi was Iria has told CORD leader Raila Odinga over claims that the Jubilee government is secretly undertaking a mega water project that would have grave environmental consequences.
Addressing a press conference, the governor warned the opposition leader against using the Sh6.8 billion water project to gain political mileage.
Wa Iria stated that Murang’a residents a fully support the project. He told Raila to steer off development projects in the area.
Raila claims the 6.8 billion shilling Northern Collector Water Tunnel would affect communities relying on River Tana as its water will be diverted to Ndakaini dam to benefit Nairobi County.
But in a quick rejoinder, jubilee leaders led by Water Minister Eugene Wamalwa instead read hypocrisy on Raila’s part claiming he was the one who launched the project in September 2012 under the coalition government.
The government maintained that the project followed the due process.
Raila Odinga launched a water master plan for one of the vision 2013 flagship projects where he was Kenya’s prime minister.
The project entailed short, medium and long term measures to ensure Nairobi and its outskirts have sufficient clean water supply.
Besides drilling of boreholes and construction of dams, a major component of the project was the mega northern collector tunnel project to harvest excess water during wet seasons from Aberdare forest in Muranga County for storage in Ndakaini dam.
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