In Summary
  • A plan to put up a hydroelectric power plant at Nyakwana by politician Simeon Nyachae did not materialise.
  • Lake Victoria South Water Services Board has stepped up execution of water projects to improve availability of the resource.

Nyakwana waterfall known by residents as “Ekeera” in Nyaribari Chache constituency, Kisii County, is a beautiful scenery; an important natural resource with a rich history.

On a normal day, love birds troop in hand in hand, whispering words of the heart to each other as residents come with their fishing rods for the day’s catch.

That’s not all. Nyakwana River is large enough and has still waters where teenage boys and girls go swimming.

Mr Ascar Barongo, 73, a resident of Nyakwana village, recalls that decades ago, white people would visit ‘Ekeera’ for a swim, canoeing, camping activities and to socialise.

“It was in the pre-independence period that wazungu used to visit here to swim and bask in the sun,” she tells Nation.

But that stopped at some point, effectively leaving the recreation site for residents.

REDUCED WATER LEVELS

Initially, the land adjacent to ‘Ekeera’ was protected and served as a settlement scheme, thanks to a local tea company in Matunwa.

On site are ruins of cemented water tanks, which have now been rendered obsolete.

But this development did not serve residents for long as taps ran dry after the Nyakwana scheme was abandoned.

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