Sinohydro Corporation, a Chinese firm contracted to build the controversial Kitui-Kibwezi road, is facing a serious setback after Kitui South residents rejected an alleged plan to allow it to draw water from Kyatune dam.
The locals say the dam is their only source of water both for domestic use and watering livestock as well as small-scale irrigated farming.
They accused their Member of Parliament Rachael Nyamai and Mutomo DCC Jeremiah Tumo of colluding with their Chief Kyambati King’ondu to allow the contractor to use the without their due consent.
“We won’t agree to the scheme. Let them find an alternative source of water for the road works as we cannot risk giving up our sole water point,” said Jonathan Kumala.
They nonetheless said they were willing to cooperate with their leaders and the contractors provided they get an alternative source of clean and safe water in advance.
Efforts by journalists to get a comment from the Chief were futile. He flatly declined to speak respond to their questions and demanded to be left alone.
Speaking on phone, DCC Tumo dismissed the matter as “unfounded allegations which are politically fuelled to tarnish my name and that of the MP.
He denied any connections with the controversy surrounding the contentious dam.
Calls and text messages to MP Nyamai’s phone went unanswered.