In Summary
  • Fortunately, it drained its waters to an adjacent colonial check dam acting as a buffer and an outlet to the disastrous water, thus averting disaster.
  • Scared residents of the semi-arid area have now cried foul after the bursting of the water pan that let go of their only hope. They depended on the water for irrigation and domestic use.
  • Nyandarua County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich said that the contractor will be recalled to repair the water pan.

The national government is on the spot over shoddy construction works on a multimillion-shilling water pan that burst its banks on Tuesday evening at Gwa Kung’u, Nyandarua.

Fear and panic gripped residents of Mbuyu Sub-Location, after the newly-constructed Gwa Kung’u Karai water pan burst its banks following a heavy downpour.

The 100,000 cubic metres community water pan funded by the National Irrigation Board, was commissioned in April by Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri.

NO HARM

Fortunately, it drained its waters to an adjacent colonial check dam acting as a buffer and an outlet to the disastrous water, thus averting disaster.

According to the NIB's Head of Corporate Communication, Daniel M Nzonzo, the water pan is being constructed at a cost of Sh19 million.

“The work is not yet complete and the contractor is still on site. NIB has not yet paid the contractor any money and therefore the effects of the damage caused by the excess water will be done under the existing contract,” said Mr Nzonzo.

He said NIB has already instructed the contractor to immediately conclude the pending works as well as rectify the damaged area to avoid recurrence of the same.

Scared residents of the semi-arid area have now cried foul after the bursting of the water pan that let go of their only hope. They depended on the water for irrigation and domestic use.

The residents accused the contractor of a shoddy job done on the water pan that was almost filled to capacity, saying repairs needed to be done before the end of the ongoing rains. 

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