Kiunjuri says Ksh.80B set aside for small dams as Arror, Kimwarer probe gathers steam


Kiunjuri says Ksh.80B set aside for small dams as Arror, Kimwarer probe gathers steam
File image of Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri. PHOTO| COURTESY

Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri has said Ksh.80billion will be used to construct water pans and small dams across the country.

According to him, the move is will address water shortage which has led to rising cases of food insecurity.

This comes days after the Director of Public Prosecution contradicted reports that he has received investigation files of the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal from the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

According to the DPP, Ksh.65million was allocated for the two dams and Ksh.21million cannot be accounted for.

So far, CSs Kiunjuri, Eugene Wamalwa and Henry Rotich have been questioned at the DCI headquarters.

Kiunjuri has since faulted the DCI saying his reputation has been tarnished after he was summoned to shed light on the matter.

Speaking over the weekend, the CS accused leaders of derailing investigations into alleged embezzlement of funds for the two dam projects by politicising issues.

Despite the ongoing probe, Kiunjuri maintained that his ministry will construct 4000 dams in Samburu, Baringo, Embu, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Nakuru, Laikipia, Isiolo and Machakos counties.

He added that the infrastructure will increase irrigation activities in the drought-affected areas particularly in Samburu, Isiolo and Baringo.

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