Kitui Spends Sh750 Million to Revive Colonial Era Dam

Kitui county government says it will spend Sh750 million to rehabilitate the shrinking pre-independence Matinga dam in Kitui west sub-county.

Kitui Governor Julius Malombe says reckless human activity is the cause of the dying water source for almost 200,000 residents. He has expressed concern that heavy siltation has left the dam, which was scooped for the first time in 1955, without water.

He lamented that cultivation in the dam’s catchment area has led to heavy erosion, leading to the current siltation. Because of the dam’s current state, there is serious water scarcity for the residents.

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