Subukia residents want ‘killer dam’ fenced ahead of rains

Residents are united in their demand to have the dam rehabilitated before April rains.

Wednesday March 9 2016

Villagers wait patiently at the shores of

Villagers wait patiently at the shores of Bahari Dam in Subukia, Nakuru County on April 1, 2014 during a search of a body of a one of three Sibling who drowned while washing clothes. A promise by the county government to have it fenced off is yet to be fulfilled. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MAGDALENE WANJA
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Residents of a village in Subukia, Nakuru County want a dam in which several people have previously drowned fenced off to avert more disaster ahead of the long rains expected in April.

In March 2014, tragedy struck the when three siblings, all under 15 years old, drowned in the expansive dam.

The two sisters and their seven-year-old brother had gone to wash clothes on the shores of the dam when the tragedy happened.

The Nakuru County government, through its secretary Joseph Motari, visited the area three days after the tragedy and promised to immediately fence off the entire dam and also build water troughs for livestock and water fetching points in order to avert possible danger. This has never been done to date.

Residents of Siyombon Village who live around Bahari Dam in lower Subukia are now concerned over rising water levels in the dam and the dangers posed to their children.

NAMED KILLER DAM

They call it the “killer dam,” as it has remained unfenced for almost two years despite the county government’s promise to rehabilitate it.

Their fear is that schoolchildren regularly pass by the five-acre dam on their way to and from school.

And with the March-April rains expected soon, there is discomfort among the residents who are predicting the worst.

The dam is the only source of water in the area and residents say they cannot do without it.

“But if it is not well taken care of, more lives will be lost,” warned Mr Samuel Kiprop, a resident.

Residents are united in their demand to have the dam rehabilitated, citing the various ways in which it serves them as a source of livelihood.

“Most people who live around are farmers and the water from the dam is useful for irrigation, consumption by livestock, fishing and domestic use,” Mr Kiprop said.

According to Mr Meshack Kimeu, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, a number of people, including children and adults, have often drowned in the dam especially during the rainy seasons.

“The dam is very deep and most of the bodies of people who have drowned here are usually recovered after some days,” he said.

Livestock too drown in the dam, Mr Kimeu said.

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