Water crisis looming in Nyeri County

By KBC Reporter

A water crisis is looming in Nyeri County after residents of Tetu Sub-county vowed to stop a community water project whose supply originates from the area and will benefit the neighboring Mathira Sub-county.

The struggle over finite resources is a major challenge in most areas of the country, but the water crisis in Nyeri county that borders Mount Kenya a catchment area for most large rivers, is perhaps what will send environmentalists to the drawing boards.

The residents of Tetu sub-county who spoke at a meeting attended by MPs Ndung’u Gethenji (Tetu) Peter Weru (Mathira) and Nyeri Women Rep Priscilla Nyokabi at Kiandu shopping center declared they would not allow the project to proceed.

Their stand comes at a time when the Tetu MP has already initiated a Sh. 200 million community water project in his Constituency whose intake was at River Gura in Tetu.

The project, jointly funded by area CDF and National Irrigations Board, was expected to benefit over 80,000 residents of Kirimukuyu and Konyu wards in Mathira.

Led by Wamagana Ward (Tetu) MCA Jesse Mwangi, the residents vowed not to allow the project to continue until a similar one was initiated in their area.

Mwangi said they would not allow the Kaigonji-Aguthi-Gaaki water project, which been lying incomplete for years, to proceed until their issue was addressed.

Not even the intervention of the MPs who pleaded with them to allow the Mathira project to continue bore fruit as the locals stood their ground, saying they had been shortchanged.

Women representative Priscilla Nyokabi urged the residents to allow the project to continue since funds for the project had been secured through joint intervention by Nyeri leaders.

  

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