By Ndungu Gachane
Water and Sanitation Principal Secretary Joseph Wairagu is satisfied with the status of water projects which are ongoing in Muranga County.
The PS who inspected some of the projects in Kiharu Constituency namely Mirira, Kimathi-Githuri and Mukurwe Wa Nyagathanga water and irrigation projects and Water supply projects namely Gaturi, Kigetuini, Kigongo, Mugeka and Githanga said the projects aims at increasing water connectivity in Muranga as well as introducing irrigation farming in the county.
He said all the irrigation projects in Muranga alone are worth Sh2.5 billion while the water and sanitation projects will cost Sh7 billion explaining that the enormous projects in Muranga are as a result to the acknowledgement that Muranga feeds water for Nairobi region.
“Muranga is a key County in the Ministry of Water and Sanitation owing to its generosity in water distribution to Nairobi region and we must reciprocate by making sure we have enough water for drinking and farming,” he said.
The PS who is known for his Kwaura Kwaura mantra, a name that interprets his ambitions to have women remove jericans from their back said there are 22 irrigation water projects which are under progress which includes among others, Mirichu, Nginda, Nyanjigi projects while seven more are set to be tendered in Kigumo Constituency.
He announced that Mirira and Mukurwe Wa Nyagathanga water projects that targets 6000 families are 35 per cent complete emphasizing the immense impact of the projects to the people.
“The impact of these projects will be huge, in the next one year, Muranga will be exporting horticultural produce which means more money into the peoples’ pockets,” he added.
Mr Wairagu announced that to prepare farmers to have the best farming practice skills, the Ministry has commenced training programs which are being carried out in Kirinyaga County and other regions.
He enumerated other mega projects ongoing in Muranga like the Maragua dam, Sh2.5 billion Ithanga Water project and Sh1 billion Kenol water and sanitation project.
Gaturi, Kambirwa, Ithanga and Kambiti areas have been hardest hit by lack of water and the Ministry of Water and Sanitation’s efforts to supply water to the areas will be a game change in the economic way of life for the inhabitant.