Murkomen Attacks Uhuru's Team After Arror & Kimwarer Cancellation

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and Senate's Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen. Murkomen claimed that the team that recommended for the cancellation of the Kimwarer project without public participation. Twitter
  • Senate's Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, on Wednesday, September 18, turned his guns towards President Uhuru Kenyatta's team moments after he canceled the Kimwarer dam project.

    The project, which has made headlines a couple of times in the media, was found to be overpriced and economically unviable.

    Taking to Twitter, the senator claimed that there was an imbalance in the selection of the committee that eventually gave recommendations on the report.

    Murkomen insinuated that it was the skewed team, which never carried out proper consultation that involved public participation that misled the president which lead to the project's cancellation.

    Workers at Kipsaiya, Elgeyo-Marakwet County, where Arror dam was to be constructed. A report presented to the head of state indicated that the construction of the dam was economically viable but noted that it was overpriced.
    Workers at Kipsaiya, Elgeyo-Marakwet County, where Arror dam was to be constructed. A report presented to the head of state indicated that the construction of the dam was economically viable but noted that it was overpriced.

    "Planned cancellation of Kimwarer and the restructuring of the Arror dams doesn't surprise me at all. The plan all along was to kill the projects. The composition of the technical committee doesn't reflect ethnic and regional balance. Maringa (Paul), (Julius) Matu, (Benjamin) Mwangi and (John) Muiruri have sadly misled the President.

    "Tech committee didn’t consult anyone and it didn't carry out public participation. EMC has been denied rightful share of national projects in a deliberate act of discrimination. They would rather default and pay contractors billions of money for breach of contract than to see our people benefit," lamented Murkomen.

    The committee established that no current reliable feasibility study had been conducted on the dam project.

    In addition, it was noted that a study orchestrated on a similar project 28 years ago had revealed a geological fault across the 800-acre project area, which would have negative structural effects on the proposed dam.

    Also, the committee disclosed that people living in the project area would require compensation if they were to be displaced.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta when he received a report recommending for the cancellation of the Kimwarer dam project.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta when he received a report recommending for the cancellation of the Kimwarer dam project.