CS Wahome reveals number of people that have died since construction of Thwake dam began

Three people have lost their lives since the construction of Thwake dam in Makueni county began.

This was disclosed by Cabinet Secretary for Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Alice Wahome when she visited the dam on Tuesday.

She revealed that the three died in different ways promising that those who will lose their lives will be compensated by the government.

Wahome said the compensation will only come after thorough investigations into their deaths.

The CS also acknowledged the concerns raised about the explosion being done during the construction of the dam.

“I’m aware there are houses that have been destroyed because of the explosions and want to assure the owners that they will be compensated,” said Wahome.

“We have told them unless it’s something that cannot be dealt with, where we are careless they must point out . We know there are three deaths that have occurred, and we have received that report. We will see which are cases that deserve compensation,”The CS revealed.

On the issue of River Athi pollution, She observed that those polluting the river will be prosecuted. This comes days after the president Gazetted the Nairobi Rivers Commission to spearhead restoration efforts.

Wahome was accompanied by Makueni governor Mutula Kilonzo Junior and she revealed that the construction of the dam will end by 2024.

Governor Mutula asked the government to repair the roads that have been destroyed by lorries transporting materials for the construction.

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