During the 2022 election campaigns, the then UDA presidential candidate William Ruto assured Kenyans that they will all have access to clean and safe water.
Just one month after taking the instruments of power, Kenya’s President William Ruto instructed Water Cabinet Secretary Alice Wahome to start implementing the project of building 100 dams which will be done with the partnership of the private sector.
Ruto said that the plan to construct 100 dams was part of his government’s plans to shift the country from dependency on rain-fed agriculture to irrigation in order to enhance food production.
“We plan to empower about 6 million livestock to farmers to boost our food production. That is why we plan to build more dams for water to be used for irrigation, at home, and for livestock,” the president said.
But speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, February 22, Kangundo MP Fabian Mule urged President William Ruto’s administration to stop the ongoing plans to build dams.
Mule said the issue of drilling boreholes should not be prioritized, as the military can handle the pumping of water across the country.
He proposed that the government cut all dam project budgets and give them to the Kenya Army, which he believed could bring water from the Indian Ocean and Lake Victoria to every part of Kenya.
“Madam Speaker, on this petitioner on matters of water, we have issues for drilling of boreholes and the dams. It is the high time we solve this nonsense of boreholes and dams. We need to cut all the budgets, give to Kenya Army to bring the water in the Indian Ocean and Lake Victoria to the whole country,” Muli said.