Keep politics out of Thiba Dam project, leaders asked

Kirinyaga County Commissioner (CC), Birik Mohammed has urged leaders to keep politics out of the construction of the Sh.19 billion Thiba Dam.

Birik said cheap politics, including incitement of some group of people will only serve to retard progress of the construction work scheduled to commence in March 2018.

The CC was reacting to a report that there was demonstration at Mutithi area in Mwea where the recruitment office has been established.

He said all Deputy County Commissioners must provide leadership required in the recruitment of the work force required during the three to four year period of the dam construction.

Earlier, an officer with the Project Implementation Unit had informed the CC that out of the sixty locals invited to take charge of the earth moving equipment, none of them succeeded.

There is no way all the sixty people invited for the interview could have failed, this is why I am urging the leaders and those entrusted with the work to keep politics out of the project, he said.

Birik said the president made it very clear that all the labour must be provided by the local people except where specialized skill is required, which must also be sourced from the County.

It is only when such a service is not available locally can the contractor be allowed to source from outside the County, he said.

The expected benefits of the vision 2030 flagship project which are mainly in tiers of Agriculture extension includes expansion of the irrigation area by 2,660 hectares, approximately 6,600acres.

Other envisaged success is the improved supply of irrigation water to enable annual double cropping, diversification of agricultural horticultural crops in addition to improved quality and putting up of a water reservoir of 15.5 million cubic meters for the expanded irrigation.

The same will enhance water supply to the existing Mwea Irrigation Settlement with the overall impact of the project providing additional significant proportion of food to the country’s food basket.

Source: Kenya News Agency