The construction of Thwake Dam bordering Kitui, Makueni and Machakos Counties will begin immediately.
Ukambani Governors led by Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu met the National Water CS Eugene Wamalwa for an ultimate discussion on the commencement of Thwake Dam Construction earlier today.
Governors Kivutha Kibwana, Dr. Alfred Mutua and Charity Ngilu met the Water CS and the Chinese contractor Gezhouba Group Company at the site and agreed that it was the most suitable time for the initiation of the long awaited project.
Ngilu called upon Makueni and Machakos governors to join her in sourcing for donors to haste the construction of the dam.
“Let us work together as Ukambani leaders to get donor support for this most awaited project” she urged.
She called upon the affected residents to spend the compensation money profitably and avoid needless use of resources.
Water CS Eugene Wamalwa said that the 77metres high dam is a vision 2030 flagship project and is meant to increase water storage for rural and urban domestic, livestock and hydropower with focus on the semi-arid counties of Kitui and Makueni. Over 1,800 youth will be directly employed and at least 6,000 indirectly through the project.
The project will see thousands of locals benefit directly from the project through supplies and sub-contracts.
Over Sh3.6 billion have been spent on compensation to land owners and will cover 9,138 acres of land on completion.
The meeting between the leaders and Chinese Company resolved that construction of the dam starts immediately.The design of the dam and the subsequent implementation are funded by the government and the African Development Bank.
Areas targeted as main beneficiaries of water are Kathonzweni, Wote, Kibwezi and the neighbouring areas in Makueni County and parts of the Kitui Rural Sub-county.
The design of the dam and the subsequent implementation are funded by the government and the African Development Bank.