The entire Ukambani counties have faced perennial water shortage for many years. This is set to come to an end after the Thwake project kicks off though in a slow pace.This is according to Water and irrigation PS Zeinab Hussein who visited the Katithi village friday together with other officials in the ministry of Irrigation.
According to the PS, so far 2 billion shillings has been paid in compensation and the remaining 440 million was disbursed to the National lands commission Friday and the beneficiaries will receive the money by mid next week.
The project is set to increase water supply to Kitui and Makueni counties.The 680 million cubic meters dam is expected to take 6 years and the main challenge was resettlement of the locals currently living there. The PS promised to engage locals frequently to ensure they resettle without any challenges.
Politics did not miss in the event as Foreign Affairs PS Ambassador Monicah Juma urged locals to support president Kenyatta in his reelection in the forthcoming October 26th presidential polls as he had brought loads of development to the community citing the Multi billion Thwake dam.
Early this year the project was hit by a 60 billion scam after which some financiers promised to pull out of the project.The second bidder had won the tender and the procurement board cancelled the tender. This as a result slowed the project.