CORD leader Raila Odinga on Monday alleged that the Jubilee government is building a KES 6.8 billion water tunnel in Murang’a County that would create deserts in parts of Central, Eastern and North eastern Kenya..
He termed the project as “tunnels of anger and death”.
Here are the reasons why Raila Odinga wants the Northern collector tunnel project stopped:
- The participation public was so limited that Members of the Murang’a County Assembly have termed the whole project as “secretive”. Public sensitization was only carried out in six towns that lie on the tunnel path, namely, Ichichi, Kanyenyaini, Makomboki, Mairi, Kangari, Kinyona and Gacharage.
- 2. No efforts were made to get the views of most of the Murang’a people particularly in those areas that already have serious water challenges like Makuyu, Ithanga, Kandara, Kambiti, Kakuzi and Kimoroi.
- People living on the rest of the Tana River basin were not contacted at all. The people in Garissa, Ukambani and the Tana River and Tana Delta regions rely on the Tana River as their sole source of water. A project like the Northern Collector Tunnel cannot be legitimately conceptualized, designed and commissioned without taking into consideration the views of the people along the Tana and considering the effect of the project on their lives.
- The project therefore goes against the Constitution of Kenya which states that public participation is one of the National Values and Principles of Leadership that must be complied with.
- It also goes against the provisions of the Environmental Management Co-ordination Act and the Environmental (Impact Assessment and Audit) Regulations that requires the conduct of proper public participation before any project is designed and commenced.
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