Governor Charity Ngilu has called on the Balzugha Company to award local jobs to area residents following the start of construction of phase one of Thwake Multipurpose Dam at the confluence of Thwake and Athi rivers.
Speaking at Thwake Dam site today during a stakeholders meeting attended by Governors Kivutha Kibwana, Dr. Alfred Mutua, and Water CS Simon Chelugui, water boards and area residents, Ngilu said adequate public participation in the project was key to smoothen construction of the multi-billion dam.
The Governor said area leaders had agreed to support the project on assurance that locals would be key beneficiaries of the project.
“The company tasked to undertake the mega project must hasten the cause, our people need water for consumption and irrigation” she added.
She said the project, which was unveiled during her tenure as the Minister for Water and Irrigation, is expected to transform the lives of the residents from the area upon completion.
Ngilu emphasized that Balzugha Co. must involve the locals and authorities in all stages of construction saying it was the ” three counties’ project”.
Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui said compensation of the 186 affected households would be fast-tracked to aid in moving in unison in the project works.
Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua restated Ngilu’s remarks that water provision to the residents in the three counties was the chief focus in efforts to realize food security.