The National Government through the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) will spend Sh.6.6 million to rehabilitate Mbasya Dam in Mbooni East Sub-county.
The County Drought Management Officer, Daniel Mbuvi, stated that the monies will be used to desilt, make the embankment wall and the check dam.
He said the dam was destroyed during the heavy floods that hit Makueni in April 2018, disclosing that they had entered into a partnership with the County Government to provide equipment.
“NDMA entered into a partnership with the County Government of Makueni to provide grader, trucks, dozer and excavators to rehabilitate the dam. NDMA has already given the money and works of the dam are at 60 per cent and I expect the works to be completed by end of this month,” Mbuvi said on Wednesday, while inspecting the progress of the dam.
He revealed that the dam has a capacity of over 65,000 cubic metres and is expected that before the long rains set in, it will be ready so as to alleviate the suffering of the residents in the area.
Mbuvi said that they have put up measures to secure the dam by planting tree seedlings and grass to prevent soil erosion around the place.
The dam was constructed by the Government with the support of the European Union in 2016 at a cost of Sh.12.6 million.
By Patrick Nyakundi/Elizabeth Nthenya