While Kenyans are still reeling from the aftershock of back to back loss of public money through ghost government projects, residents of Mbuyu Sub Location in Nyandarua county are in panic mode after a newly built dam burst its banks.
The 100,000 cubic metres Karai Dam built by the National Irrigation Board (NIB) broke its banks following a heavy downpour but luckily drained its water to an adjacent colonial check dam, averting a disastrous scenario. The dam was commissioned early this year by Agriculture and Irrigation CS Mwangi Kiunjuri.
The newly built Karai Dam is said to have cost NIB ksh 100M but residents accuse the contractor of doing shoddy work hence putting their lives at risk. In addition, the residents have demanded for the arrest and immediate prosecution of the contractor and engineer who were in charge of building the dam.
The residents have also held the government responsible for failing to do safety checks on the dam to ascertain whether it meets all the necessary regulations after it’s completion.
However NIB has said that the dam is a work in progress and that the contractor is still on site to make necessary adjustments and review any hitches.
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