Dams to ease water scarcity in pastoralist areas

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The Kenyan government is set to construct three dams worth Sh250 million each in West Pokot, Turkana and Marsabit. President Uhuru Kenyatta made the announcement when he visited Kobebe Dam in Uganda last week. During the visit where he was hosted by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, a Memorandum of Understanding on sustainable peace and development along the borders of West Pokot, Turkana and Karamoja region of Eastern Uganda was signed.

Governors of the respective counties have started talks under the Chairmanship of Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Simeon Chelugui and attended by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa on the way forward. County governments were asked to identify the most suitable sites for the dams and technical teams selected will make site visits ahead of a second meeting next week. Isiolo and Baringo counties are also set to benefit from the project whose main aim is addressing water scarcity in pastoralist areas. The dams are set for completion in June, 2020

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