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7,000 residents in Mwingi West to benefit from desilted dam

7,000 residents in Mwingi West to benefit from desilted dam
Mwingi West MP Bernard Kitungi (Second Right) with the Water Engineer in charge of the larger Mwingi region Robert Munyoki during the launch of Mangunguu earth dam in Kiomo- Kyethani ward on September 7, 2015. NYS is disilting Kwa-Kasovi dam, a mega water reservoir in the same ward set to benefit more than 7,000 residents. Photo/ MWINGI TIMES.


Over 7000 people from Mwingi West constituency in Kitui County are set to benefit after de-silting works for a local mega dam are completed later this month.

The National Youth Service (NYS) personal have embarked on a process to desilt Kwa Kasovi dam which silted more than 20 years ago throwing the local population into a serious water crisis.

The agency has deployed four excavators and tipper lorries at the dam located near Mbondoni matket in Kiomo/Kyethani ward. Its personnel have been working overtime for close to two months period to desilt the dam which was constructed in 1978, to provide water for the locals.

Speaking recently at Mbondoni market the area MP Mr Benard Kitungi said the NYS intervention came through after he sought help from the Deputy President William Ruto over the plight of the area residents who used to walk for more than 10km in search of water.

“The dam will serve an estimated 7000 people and it is expected to address the water problem in the constituency. We expect the de-silting works to be completed anytime complete in readiness for the short rains in December,”Mr Kitungi said when he issued a Sh 1 milion for completion of Mbondoni police line on September 23, 2016.

The MP said the dam which is expected to hold 300, 000 cubic meters of water when full will also provide the residents with an opportunity do small scale farming besides using the water for domestic use.

The legislator who was accompanied by the area MCA Peter Mutemi thanked the government for coming to the aid of his suffering constituents.

Mr Mutemi on his part said on completion the famous dam will help end perennial water scarcity in the area.


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