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Sh14 bln Mwache dam project to displace over 3,000 families

Rachael Atieno
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Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelughui, his Treasury counterpart Henry Rotich with Remy Rioux France's Agence Francaise De Development on July 21, 2018. [Photo/Simon Chelughui]

The government is committed to ensuring Sh14.8 billion Mwache dam project is complete in four years, the officer in charge of the project management Simon Mwangi, has said.

He said designing and bidding for the project was almost complete ahead of the official construction kick-off early 2019.

"Once the project is completed, it will end perennial water shortage in both Mombasa and Kwale counties by pumping 196,000 litres of water daily," he disclosed, saying several families have been affected by the multi-billion water project.

He said compensation plans were already underway, targeting all the over 3,000 affected families before the project commences.

According to the National Lands Commission (NLC) chairman Muhamad Swazuri, “The project will require 1,600 acres of land and will involve displacement of approximately 4,250 persons whose assets and livelihoods may be affected, as well as access to natural or economic resources as a result of activities under the Mwache dam project."

On July 21, Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelughui, his Treasury counterpart Henry Rotich signed a Sh14.7 billion credit facility agreement with Remy Rioux France's Agence Francaise De Development to finance the Mwache dam project at Treasury buildings.

According to Coast Water Services Board which is overseeing the project treatment and transmission works will cut across Mombasa North and Mombasa South including Changamwe.

The project would benefit Mombasa and Kwale county residents according to the Board CEO Jacob Torrut.

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