President Uhuru Kenyatta last evening cancelled the Aror and Kimwarer Multipurpose Dam for not being financially viable. The 22B project had been embroiled in massive looting where the country lost close to 20B over inflated cost. However, DP William Ruto men are angry at the head of state for this drastic action and have blamed him for ethnically marginalizing the Rift Valley.
Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, Keiyo South MP Daniel Rono his Belgut counterpart Nelson Koech and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi said it was clear from the start the government was determined to “kill” the construction of the multi-purpose dam.
“They started giving it a bad name that there were irregularities in how it was done. some people were charged. Now they have cancelled it just to deny our people this critical project,” MP Koech said.
On his part, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi claimed the initial plan was to divert the project to different part of the country and the only way to do was to bring up the issues of corruption.
“This matter is in court but it is clear they do not have evidence against the innocent people who have charged. The whole scheme was to deny the people of Elgeiyo Marakwet the project which they have waited for several decades,” Sudi charged.
On his part, Rono whose constituency the dam is situated said he will appeal to Uhuru to reconsider the move.
“It is unfortunate that the entire community has had to suffer because of some people who are alleged to have committed some irregularities. The President should have waited for the matter in court to be concluded before taking any drastic action like he has done today (yesterday),” Rono said.
He added: “We will peruse all means possible for this ill-informed decision to be reversed. The dam was not just meant for the people of Elgeiyo Marakwet alone but the entire country as it was to produce electricity.”
Murkomen said the cancellation of Kimwarer dam and restructuring of Arror dam did no come as a surprise as all along he knew of the plan to kill the projects.
He said the composition of the technical committee did not reflect the ethnic and regional balance.
“It is a shame that Maringa, Matu,Mwangi and Muiruri who have no knowledge or attachment to the region have misled the President. The technical committee did not consult anyone neither did they carry out any public participation,” he said in his statement to media.
He said the move will deny the residents of his county “their rightful share of national projects in a deliberate act of discrimination”.
“They would rather default and pay the contractors billions of money for breach of contract than to see our people benefit from the two projects What as shame! ,” Murkomen noted.
He called on Uhuru to reconstitute a fresh team that brings experts from different ethic compositions “ to look at all projects in Kenya and that which will not ethnically profile some regions for discrimination”.
“We are consulting as the people of Elgeyo Marakwet County and we shall do everything in our abilities to ensure that justice is not only done but seen to be done to our people,” he said.
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