In Summary
  • Gatanga MP said the board has violated a directive by President Kenyatta that it should first ensure that the locals are connected with water.

  • Despite work having started in 2015, the construction came in public limelight in 2016.

  • Opposition leader Raila Odinga raised the alarm on the project saying that it would have a devastating impact on the environment.

Gatanga MP Nduati Ngugi wants construction of the Northern Water Collector Tunnel stopped over what he termed as failure by Athi Water Services Board to supply the commodity to locals before releasing it to Nairobi.

The MP said the board has violated a directive by President Kenyatta that it should first ensure that the locals are connected with water before commencing connections to Nairobi.

The controversial Sh6.8 billion tunnel is set to collect flood waters from rivers Irati, Mathioya and Gikigie aimed at boosting water from Ndakaini Dam which supplies the capital.

RAILA RAISES ALARM

Despite work having started in 2015, the construction came in public limelight in 2016 after Opposition leader Raila Odinga raised the alarm on the project saying that it would have a devastating impact on the environment.

While describing the project as “tunnel of death”, Mr Odinga said seven counties would be turned to deserts.

However, government officials rubbished Mr Odinga’s claims saying an environmental assessment had been conducted and given the World Bank funded project a clean bill of health.

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