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20B Mwache multi-purpose dam construction to commence soon-RC

[Coast RC Mr John Elungata addressing journalists at Mwache Dam catchment area in Kwale County he was accompanied by Kwale County Commissioner Mr Gideon Oyagi, among other government officials. Ahmed Omar].

Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata has toured the site of the 20 billion shillings Mwache multipurpose dam in Kwale County ahead of construction works.

Elungata said 12,000 people have moved out of the proposed dam site in Fulugani trading centre in Kasemeni ward, Kinango sub-county to make way for the project.

The Mwache Dam is an 87.5-meter-tall concrete gravity dyke, impounding 118 million cubic meters of water with a daily supply of 186,000 cubic meters of water.

The administrator said the dam will have an irrigation component in Kwale covering about 2,500 hectares.

The construction of the proposed Mwache dam multipurpose project is meant to harness the flood flows from Mwache river basin for domestic water supply and irrigation to Kwale and Mombasa counties.

He said the Mwache dam project is part of the second phase water security and climate resilience programme which will focus on Mombasa and Kwale counties.

Elungata said the government was banking on the Mwache dam reservoir as ‘one that will offer a lasting solution’ to the water shortfall facing residents of Mombasa and Kwale.

Those who accompanied the RC were Kwale County Commissioner Gideon Oyagi, Martin Mbae Deputy County Commissioner Kinango, Ben Omuya of Water Resources Authority, Paul Mutavi- Resettlement Expert Front man consultants among others.

[Government officials and Engineers led by Coast RC John Elungata at the Mwache dam site, in Kinango, Kwale County. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

The RC appreciated the good work on project affected persons relocation that is at 78% and confirms that the project contractor should commence his work anytime.

He raised much concern on tree cutting by the project affected persons and said instead they should be planting more trees.