Work with government to solve water problem, urges CS Wamalwa

Monday March 14 2016

Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa (centre) with Imenti North MP Rahim Dawood during the fundraiser for the construction of a multipurpose hall for St Philip's Academy at Giaki Catholic Church on March 13, 2016. The CS asked locals to provide land for Kirimantune Dam construction. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa (centre) with Imenti North MP Rahim Dawood during the fundraiser for the construction of a multipurpose hall for St Philip's Academy at Giaki Catholic Church on March 13, 2016. The CS asked locals to provide land for Kirimantune Dam construction. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By AGNES ABOO
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Water cabinet secretary has called for closer partnership between the National Government and the Meru Catholic Diocese to end water shortage in Meru.

Speaking on Sunday at Giaki Catholic Church in North Imenti, Mr Eugene Wamalwa said the construction of two dams by the church in Nyambene forest, has greatly alleviated the plight of residents in the arid area.

“Ura One and Ura Two dams have helped over 500, 000 residents access water and we hope to partner with the Catholic Church to ensure everyone in Meru gets water,” said the CS.

“We are going to construct the Thangatha Dam, to serve Tigania West and Tigania East sub counties. The National Government will also build the Thingithu Dam, for residents in Nkubu, Mitunguu and neighbouring areas.

“Another dam, Kianjuri, will serve residents in Meru and Isiolo counties,” Mr Wamalwa added.

The CS further asked locals to provide land for the construction of Kirimantune Dam saying Sh50 million has been allocated.

Imenti North MP Rahim Dawood said: “We have pushed for construction of Kirimantune Dam but the funds have stayed at the ministry for more than six months due to lack of land for construction.”

Mr Wamalwa, who helped raise over Sh2 million for construction of a multipurpose hall for St Philips Academy, said the Jubilee Government was committed to bringing development funds to the grassroots.

Also present were Florence Kajuju (Women Rep) and former Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo.