Looters turn to dams as new conduits for corruption

Then-Irrigation Principal Secretary Patrick Nduati (in cap) confers with government officials and residents at the site of the proposed Thwake multi-purpose dam. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • In Kitui County, Mrs Charity Ngilu, the then-Water minister, led residents in ejecting the contractor from the site, escalating a row that resulted in the abandonment of the Umaa project.
  • In Tharaka-Nithi, problems have started even before construction of the biggest water project in recent years, the High Grand Falls Dam.
  • Last April, Baringo residents denied geologists access to the proposed site of the Sh5 billion Radat Mega Dam.

Dams are emerging as the new conduits of corruption following reports after reports said President Uhuru Kenyatta reshuffled his principal secretaries following the proposed Sh62.3 billion Thwake Dam tiff.

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