MP Fabian Muli asks State to stop constructing dams, pump water from oceans and lakes

Kangundo MP Fabian Muli has urged President William Ruto’s administration to halt dam construction and instead pump water from Lake Victoria and the Indian Ocean across the country.

Muli made this submission on Wednesday, February 21, 2023, during a parliamentary session.

He stated that he had a special petition on water issues and that he would not feel well if he did not submit it. He stated that it was past time to put an end to the “nonsense” of boreholes and dams, which had been marred by corruption scandals and delays.

He proposed that the government cut all dam project budgets and give them to the Kenya Army, which he believed could bring water from the Indian Ocean and Lake Victoria to every part of Kenya.

“Madam speaker, on this petitioner on matters of water, we have issues for drilling of boreholes and the dams. It is the high time we solve this nonsense of boreholes and dams. We need to cut all the budgets, give to Kenya Army to bring the water in Indian Ocean and Lake Victoria to the whole country,” Muli said.

The MPs were submitting comments on a petition calling for ward-based solutions to the country’s perennial water shortage.

Engineer Victor Okuna petitioned the National Assembly to amend the Water Act (2016) to allow the construction of solarized boreholes in all Kenyan wards except Nairobi.

Okuna stated that this would be a long-term solution to the drought that has affected most of the country.

Because of their sewerage systems, he believes Nairobi and other major cities should be excluded from the borehole project.

Kangundo is one of the constituencies in Machakos County that suffers from chronic water shortages due to erratic rainfall patterns, poor infrastructure, and population growth, according to a report prepared by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture.





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