In Summary
  • He said the National Treasury has agreed to pay the contractor.
  • Mr Irungu said the contractor is expected to recall the workers and resume work in three weeks’ time.
  • He denied that the project will not be completed within the stipulated time.

The building of the stalled Sh20 billion Thiba Dam meant to boost rice production at the giant Mwea Irrigation Scheme in Kirinyaga County will resume soon.

Water and Irrigation Principal Secretary Joseph Irungu assured rice farmers from the region that the project will be completed.

Speaking on Thursday in Rukenya village after touring the dam, Mr Irungu admitted that the project halted due to failure to pay the contractor, Strabag Company.

PAY CONTRACTOR

He said the National Treasury has agreed to pay the contractor and told the farmers and local leaders to be patient.

"The money to pay the contractor will be factored in the supplementary budget and there should be no cause for alarm," he stated.

Mr Irungu said the contractor is expected to recall the workers and resume work in three weeks’ time.

He dismissed as untrue claims that the project had been stopped due to a financial crisis.

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