Gov’t committed to fulfilling pre-election pledges, DP Ruto says

DP Rutp engages in a discussion with Senator Murkomen May 15, 2016. [Photo/DPPS]

Deputy President William Ruto has sought to ensure Kenyans that the government is committed to fulfill its pre-election pledges.

Speaking at St Patrick’s School in Iten on Sunday, Ruto said that various development projects have been rolled out across the country in a bid to ensure the lives of Kenyans are improved.

“The government is keen on improving the lives of our people through initiation of projects that can enable them engage in meaningful development activities,” said Mr Ruto.

The deputy president further stated that already plans are underway to construct three dams worth Sh80 million – at Arror, Embobut and Kimwarer Rivers – in Elgeyo Marakwet to help in the generation of an additional 125MW for the country and provide water for domestic and irrigation purposes.

Speaking at the same function, Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) Managing Director David Kimosop said the authority would roll out the construction of the dams before the end of the year once the National Treasury releases the funds.

“We are consulting with the National Treasury so that we roll out the projects probably before end of the year,” said Mr Kimosop.

Mr Kimosop said that after completion the dams would irrigate 8,000 hectares of land as well as supply water to about 100,000 households in the area.

Some of the leaders present include Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Education Principal Secretaries Kipsang Belio.

In his speech, Senator Murkomen said that the dams would help solve the problem of water shortages in some parts of the county.

“Plans to build the dams will greatly help residents engage in farming and end perennial food shortages in some parts of the County,” said Mr Murkomen.

The leaders stated that plans to start the tarmac on the Nyaru-Iten and Cheptongei-Kapenguria roads would help the residents transport their farm produce to markets outside the area.


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