NEMA stops construction of water dam in Samburu County


The National Environment Management Authority – NEMA has temporarily stopped the construction of a 900 million shillings water dam at Bendera village along Baragoi River in Samburu North Sub County.

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Samburu County’s NEMA director Gilbert Magut says legal procedures on assessment must be followed and a report submitted to the authority before   commencement of construction works.

According to NEMA, the Northern Water Services Board has failed to conduct an environmental impact assessment and submit a report to NEMA.

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Region’s NEMA director Gilbert Magut says construction of the new dam will remain halted until all legal procedures are followed.

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Residents of Bendera village had blamed the Northern Water Services Board and the contractor for excluding them in implementation of the project.

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The Construction of the multi-million shillings project seeks to address water shortage in Ngilai, Bendera and Baragoi town.

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Meanwhile, a section of Political leaders from Garissa County have called on the national government to open up the border between Kenya and Somalia.

The leaders argue that easing movement along the borders of Mandera, Liboi and Kiunga will generate good revenue to support the president’s big four agenda.

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Dadaab Member of Parliament Mohammed Dahiye said the country was losing billions of shillings on revenue to unscrupulous businessmen who smuggled goods through illegal entry points.

Dahiye said the three counties of Garissa, Wajir and Mandera depend on goods from the neighboring Somalia.

He added that by allowing access to the neighboring country, northern Kenya counties will flourish economically.



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