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National Government keen on ensuring availability of water across the Country

The  Kaliwo Earth Dam in Sossian Ward, Laikipia North Constituency being de-silted and expanded at a tune of Sh.18.7 million financed by the European Union and expected to serve 3,786 households and thousands of livestock. Photo by KNA.

The  National Government is keen on developing mechanisms of ensuring availability of water among all communities at all times and ensure that drought in the country is properly mitigated.

The  Chief  Administrative Secretary (CAS) Ministry of Devolution, Arid  and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL), Abdul Bahari said  the government of Kenya is adapting a proactive approach to address water challenges and droughts to avoid human and animal suffering during dry spells.

Bahari  was  speaking on Monday during an inspection tour of Kaliwo Earth Dam in Sossian Ward, Laikipia North Constituency.

During  the tour, Bahari  who was accompanied by Laikipia North Constituency Member of Parliament (MP), Sarah Lekorere, the Laikipia County National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) Coordinator, Mustapha Parkolwa, the  Laikipia  West  Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Benedict  Munywoki  hailed the ongoing works being carried out by Amarolee contractor limited at the dam which is currently at 90 percent complete.

The  Dam is being  de-silted and expanded at a tune of Sh.18.7 million, financed by the European Union (EU) through (NDMA).

The CAS, pointed out the National Government is currently involved in improving existing dams, boreholes and water pans and excavating new ones to minimize water shortage among all communities in the Country.

The  County Coordinator NDMA, Mustapha Parklowa  said that the implementation of the projects kicked-off in March 2019 and will go a long way in saving people and livestock from trekking long distances in search of water.

“Owing to high dependence and poor management of water, communities are usually compelled to trek long distances in search of water,’’ Mustapha noted.

He added that the expanded earth dam will be able to carry water capacity of 96,000 cubic meters from 2,000, harvested from the rains which can take care of the communities living in the area for six to seven months.

Area, MP Sarah Lekorere appealed to the local communities to enroll their children in school so that they are not left behind by other communities in the country.

The Sosian  Ward  which is inhabited by Maasai, Samburu, Turkana, Pokot, Kikuyu, Tugen, Kalenjin communities is prone to conflicts during drought when local pastoralists and invading ones from the neighboring counties of Isiolo, Samburu and Baringo compete for the little resources for their livestock.

By  Margaret Kirera

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