Gatundu North Member of Parliament Njoroge Kururia has led his constituencies in rejecting a Sh13 billion dam set to be constructed in the constituency by the Kenya Kwanza administration.
The Ndarugo Dam is part of President William Ruto’s promise to construct over 100 dams that had been planned in the previous administrations in order to improve food production in the country.
For the residents of Gatundu North however, the dam will force them to relocate from their ancestral lands, something that does not sit well with them.
Furthermore, they have questioned the relevance of spending Ksh13 billion on a dam just 5 kilometres away from the Karimenu Dam that was constructed during the tenure of former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“These residents have left their businesses to declare that they do not want a dam because there is another dam just close to the proposed one and, secondly, because there is a very large land in a nearby forest that should be used instead of displacing residents,” said area Mp Kururia.
As such, they urged the government to prioritize other projects deemed important to them including service delivery and the upgrade of the road network.