By Munyasya Musya
The County Government of Kitui is planning to rehabilitate the 62-year Matinga Dam in Kitui West Sub County at a cost of sh750 million, Kitui County Executive for Tourism, Sports and Culture Patrick Mukau said today.
Mr. Musau also said the county government had entered into a partnership with the African Development Bank to undertake water catchment conservation in Mumaki and Tyaa River catchment areas at a cost of sh200 million.
He said the catchment protection will involve construction of small dams in Kitui West and Mwingi West Sub counties which span the two water catchment areas.
The County executive was speaking at Matinga trading centre during the annual general meeting of Mumaki Water Resources Users Association where he was the chief guest.
Mr Musau said under Governor Charity Ngilu’s administration, provision of water to all residents was the first pillar of her 5-point manifesto and assured residents of the Mumaki water catchment area of the County government’s resolve to end water scarcity in the county.
She urged residents to form community groups for water and soil conservation in order to prevent quick filling up of the dam with soil.
Speaking at the event, Kauwi MCA Jane Mutua asked the county government to quickly survey the dam’s 154 acres to reascertain its borders and ward off illegal encroachment.
She called on the county government to ensure adequate public participation and consultations with stakeholders to engender public ownership and success of the project.
The event was also attended by the County executive for Environment and Natural Resources.