Community Sensitization on High Grand Falls Project -Tharaka Nithi County

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The Managing Director, TARDA, Mr Steven Ruimuku together with his team of engineers and staff accompanied the Senator of Tharaka Nithi Professor Kithure Kindiki on a community sensitization Baraza held at Kamarandi and Kamanyaki areas of Tharaka County.

The Baraza was organized to educate and correct misinformation on the proposed High Grand Falls project to be constructed in the area. The construction of the 165 square kilometer High Grand Falls Dam, will cost Kenya Shillings 150 billion and is expected to hold over 5.6 billion cubic meters of water that will be sufficient for irrigation of over 250,000 hectares of land and produce over 700MW of electricity.

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The local leaders expressed concerns through the Senator on the issue of displacement following fears that the local community occupying the identified construction site will be resettled in other areas.

Reacting to this misguided information, The Senator, Prof Kindiki, assured the community that, the Government did not have any plans to resettle the residents, instead, it will compensate the affected people who will decide where else to buy land and settle. He further requested the Managing Director TARDA to have more sensitization forums.

 

According to the sentiments of the Managing Director TARDA, Mr Steven Ruimuku, the project will be of many benefits to the community and the republic. some of the benefits he highlighted are

  • Improved infrastructure
  • Electricity
  • Employment
  • Flood Mitigation
  • Food security

 

In addition to these benefits, the TARDA MD said that an additional six earth dams will be built upstream to cater for irrigation. he further added that a massive sensitization for the whole area will be launched as soon as funds are available.

 

On completion in six years, the High Grand Falls will be the second biggest dam in Africa after the 5,250 square kilometer Aswan High Dam in Egypt along the River Nile. The project was approved by President Kibaki’s Government in 2009 as part of an ambitious endeavor to build 1,000 water reservoirs across the country for irrigation based agriculture.

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Planning Principal Secretary Handover

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The Ministry of Devolution and planning today welcomed the incoming Planning and Statistics PS Mr. Nyakera Irungu, CBS, in a brief ceremony held at the ministry’s head office at the Treasury building Nairobi. The outgoing PS, Mr Saitoti Torome, CBS, took the opportunity to welcome Mr Irungu and bid farewell to the ministry that he has served for one year and four months.


Farewell remarks by Saitoti Torome, CBS, the outgoing PS, Planning and Statistics during handing over ceremony to the incoming PS, Nyakera Irungu, CBS, at the treasury building

 

 


The Ceremony was attended by the ministry’s officials,heads of Directorates, Departments and SAGAs. The outgoing PS briefed Mr Irungu on the vision and the mandate of the Ministry. He pointed out that the Ministry’s success was a result of coordinated efforts between staff and the Ministry’s stakeholders. Among the major departmental achievements highlighted were;

  • Successful Co-hosting of the TICAD VI summit
  • Update of the Key Investment Opportunities in Kenya Report
  • Prepared and launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Roadmap;
  • Conducted Mid-term Review of Second Medium Term Plan
  • Prepared Draft Regional Development Authorities (RDAs) bill;

  • Conducting and reporting on Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) 2016 including:
  • APRM country self-assessment for Kenya; and
  • National Plan of Action for the Country Review of Kenya;
  • Provided technical support during the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) budgeting process
  • Developed draft guidelines for preparation of the next generation Strategic Plans;
  • Commenced preparation of the third Medium Term Plan of the Kenya Vision 2030;
  • Initiated preparation for the 2019 Population and Housing Census which is currently ongoing under the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

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The incoming PS thanked Mr Torome for the warm welcome and promised to work tirelessly to meet the demands of the State Department and by extension, the Ministry.

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High Grand Falls Staff Visit

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The Board of Directors, Managing director and the staff of TARDA visited the proposed Construction site of the biggest dam in Kenya set to kick off at Kibuka falls on River Tana.

The proposed 165 square kilometer High Grand Falls Dam, that will cost Sh150 billion, is expected to hold over 5.6 billion cubic meters of water that will be used to irrigate over 250,000 hectares of land and produce over 700MW of electricity.

Speaking on Saturday 11th March, 2017 during the visit the Managing Director Mr. Steven Ruimuku said work would start soon. He said that the The dam will also help to control flooding in the Tana Delta region that displaces thousands of people every year, create employment, impact on food production through irrigation and add to the national power grid.

 

On completion in six years, the High Grand Falls will be the second biggest dam in Africa after the 5,250 square kilometer Aswan High Dam in Egypt along the River Nile. The project was approved by the Kibaki Government in 2009 as part of an ambitious endeavor to build 1,000 water reservoirs across the country for irrigation based agriculture.

“This project is going to improve the living standards of the locals especially in food security and supply of electricity,” he said.

The managing Director confirmed that the meeting between TARDA and the leaders, Senator Prof Kindiki Kithure (Tharaka nithi) and Embu’s Governor Martin Nyaga Wambora, agreed that the locals who will be displaced by the construction will be settled in their own areas.

TARDA has therefore come up with a program in which the affected from Tharaka nithi will be settled in their area and those from Embu settled in their area.

“We will have public awareness soon and the local people in their respective areas will decide if they would prefer to be resettled in their own areas or elsewhere”

 


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The public sensitization is to ensure that people are aware of the importance of the project to them and the entire country and TARDA officials will make sure that the locals are informed on the progress of the project.

For more information, contact the Managing Director TARDA; info@tarda.co.ke

(Sources: TARDA management, DN, EJ Atlas, ISL)