The National Assembly Special Funds Committee has raised concern over the stalled 10 billion shillings Siyoi-Muruny dam water project in West Pokot County despite the contractor paid half the amount.
According to the committee, the contractor abandoned the project in March 2019 yet it was anticipated to solve problems of water scarcity and sanitation problems among residents in the County.
The project was launched President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto in 2015 in the semi-arid West Pokot County has since stalled as water scarcity looms in the area.
The dam of 30 meters high to impound 8. 9 million cubic meters of water commenced in 2013 was expected to take 36 months.
The project which is situated at Kapsait in Pokot South Sub County is expected to have a proposed dam with capacity of 9 million liters of water and will serve the whole county to help in the water supply clean tapped water.
The water project is anticipated to produce 38,000 cubic meters of water per day where residents will have access to clean water.
Speaking yesterday to the press in Kapsait area during a three days inspection tour on projects funded by the Equalization funds, the Committee led by its Chairman who is also the Ainabkoi member of Parliament William Chepkut called on the Principal Secretary in the ministry of water to respond and explain on the progress report and why the project has been abandoned.
Endebbes Mp Dr. Robert Pokosse said the equalization fund funded the project with Kshs. 100 million shillings.
He cited that the project has two components, the Dam component which costs Kshs. 5.05 billion is 10% complete and was paid Ksh. 2.7 billion shillings and the water supply component cost Ksh. 4.1 but the contractor has already been paid Ksh. 3 billion shillings.
Kacheliba member of parliament Mark Lomunokol cited that the project would also open up the region that had lagged behind in development following many years of marginalization.
Lomunokol cited that it worries as to why the project has not been completed and Kenyans ought to know how government money has been spent.
The MP claimed that there is something fishy going on about the project.
He said that West Pokot County is among the 14 marginalized Counties because of historical injustices.
Lomunokol says that the project was expected to address the issue of water scarcity in the area and increase agricultural production through irrigation.
Kuria East MP Marwa Kitayama Maisori explained that the equalization funds started in 2010 but has faced a lot of challenges as some people went to court to block it.
The committee is also visited other government projects in the County Like Pusol water project ,Iyon Bridge ,Nasolot-Talon Runo road,Sondany –Ortum Road, Kapro weiwei water project,Nasolot , Akiruamet bov culvert, Amakuriat ,Kiwawa ,Nasal ,Orolwo,Kasei township,Nauyapong and Konyao center boreholes .