Authorities enforce strict restrictions on Juja ‘killer’ dam

Titanic Dam

Divers salvage the car in which two people drowned at the Titanic Dam in Juja, Kiambu County.

Photo credit: Simon Ciuri | Nation Media Group

The Juja Security Committee has banned activities between 6pm and 7am at the Titanic Dam where two lovebirds drowned on January 17.

Tirus Maina Kiiru, 39, and Fridah Kamuyu, 22, drowned in the dam after their car reversed into the water around 9.30pm.

While announcing the restrictions, Juja Sub County Police Commander Phyllis Muthoni said: “We have agreed with the Kiambu County government, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the public to ensure that no unsanctioned human activity is allowed around the dam after 6pm.”

Ms Muthoni said the dam had been abused.

 “That place is not a sanctioned recreation site ... in any case, the dam is on private land and no licence has been given to allow its usage for public picnics," she said.

The officer said those who will flout the directive will be charged with environmental degradation and trespass.

Kiiru was buried in Mukurwe-ini village, Nyeri County, on January 27 while Kamuyu will be buried in Njiku village, Murang'a County.

This came as Murera MCA Moses Ngatha, in whose ward the dam is located, said a proposal was under way to transform the site into a recreation area complete with free WiFi.

 Mr Ngatha promised to ask the Kiambu County Government to buy the land around the dam.

Titanic Dam is one of five whose water was used to irrigate coffee plantations in the area. The real name of the dam is Karia-ini. Situated near Titanic Hotel, revellers named it after the hotel.