In Summary
  • The missionaries were given the land by the government and needed water for their domestic use.

  • They also wanted to generate electricity for a missionary hospital and school that were being built in the area.

  • The river provided water to a 3,000-acre farm that the missionaries used for growing tea and coffee.

  • The coffee factory set up by the preachers also got its water from the river.

You obviously need a title deed for land but did you know you can also get to own a river?

The Nyeri Catholic Archdiocese has acquired the legal document to own a man-made stream whose water comes from the Aberdare ranges.

River Kalondon gets its water from River Muringato in the Aberdares before it splits to Mathari in Nyarugumu village.

MISSIONARIES

The stream covers two acres before rejoining River Muringato. The name Kalondon means “a small river” in the Gikuyu language. It was dug by the Consolata missionaries who had just settled in Mathari in 1902 and has been flowing ever since.

The missionaries were given the land by the government and needed water for their domestic use. They also wanted to generate electricity for a missionary hospital and school that were being built in the area.

The river provided water to a 3,000-acre farm that the missionaries used for growing tea and coffee.

The coffee factory set up by the preachers also got its water from the river.

The Consolata missionaries hired Africans to work on the plant as labourers in exchange for food and water.

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