Raila vows to address water shortages in Murang'a during tour of the county

Raila vows to address water shortages in Murang'a during tour of the county

ODM leader Raila Odinga during a tour of Murang'a County on January 29, 2022. PHOTO | COURTESY

  • Odinga questioned why Murang’a has for the longest time experienced water shortages despite supplying Nairobi with water.
  • As it stands, the Ndakaini dam located in Gatanga, is the main water reservoir for Nairobi and its environs.
  • The dam’s water volume is however currently low owing to reduced rainfall during the short rains period.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has vowed to address water shortages in Murang’a County should he emerge victorious in the August race to State House.

Odinga on Saturday questioned why Murang’a has for the longest time experienced water shortages despite supplying Nairobi with water.

As it stands, the Ndakaini dam located in Gatanga, is the main water reservoir for Nairobi and its environs. The dam’s water volume is however currently low owing to reduced rainfall during the short rains period.

The former premier was speaking in Murang’a when he took his Azimio la Umoja vehicle to the county as he continues soliciting support ahead of the August General Elections.

“I recently met with Murang’a leaders from all over the county at Thika Greens Golf Resort where we held talks on matters ailing the county and the issue of water shortage was brought up,” Odinga said.

“Murang’a supplies Nairobi with most of its water, as such it doesn’t make sense for the county to have dry taps.”

He consequently promised to add onto water infrastructure in the county while ensuring that ongoing water projects in the area are finalised should he become the country’s next president.

“We agreed to address the water shortage problem in Murang’a and I will also ensure that ongoing water projects are completed for the betterment of the entire region,” said the ODM frontman.

Odinga similarly said that he seeks to improve the county’s farming sector, which is the backbone of Murang’a’s economy, and provide incentives that will spur the region’s farmers to invest heavily in agriculture.

“This area is predominantly a farming region but the sector has a lot of problems. Your leaders told me in detail the problems facing them such as high cost of fertilisers and farming inputs and I will address them as well,” he said.

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