JOHO joins RAILA & delves into murky waters of UHURU/ RUTO’s secret project in Murang’a00:00
.... before a license was issued by the National Environment Management Authority.
The chain of events point to an illegality being committed on the people of Muranga and occupants of the Tana River Delta. The project had been designed by end of the year 2013, the tender for a contractor was published in March 2014 and an agreement signed with the contractor on 1st September 2014. A payment of Kshs. 1,365,127,934.56 was also paid to the contractor in October. But the terms of reference for the conduct of the Environmental Impact Assessment were only approved in July 2014 and the Environmental Impact Assessment report was approved in November 2014. Then the license by NEMA got issued in February 2015. This is not how things are supposed to work. This pattern does not add up.
The Environmental Impact Assessment report, when it came, indicated, among other things, that project will lead to severe loss of water on the Tana River which will lead to drying up of both ground and underground rivers and streams in Garissa, Ukambani and Tana River Delta.
Downstream at the Coast, we cannot take any further marginalization. Neither Tana River nor Kilifi counties can afford any acts of economic sabotage anymore. Garissa won’t take it either. Nor will Ukambani.
The report said the effects will be so severe that the larger Murang’a, Garissa, Ukambani and the Tana River Delta region will be deserts within five years of this project.
Even with Tana operating at capacity, water is remains a serious issue downstream. Right now, more than 20,000 people and close to 100,000 head of cattle in Tana River risk starvation following a severe drought that has caused water shortage in the Tana delta. We can’t sit back and see the Tana being diverted upstream because that clearly means death downstream.
We therefore join other affected Kenyans in demanding that President Uhuru Kenyatta needs to address the communities living in the Tana River Basin and tell them why his government is proceeding with the implementation of this project which clearly poses a threat to the survival of lives and economies of over 12 million people and 20 counties.
President Uhuru Kenyatta must put an immediate stop to this project and initiate a process of proper public participation in all areas of Tana River Delta region.
We also want a comprehensive audit of all environmental concerns raised and a proper environmental impact assessment.
We repeat that communities along the Tana Delta have been marginalized before. We will not sit back and watch another pattern of marginalization began in our lifetime and bequeath that marginalization to our children in the same way our fathers handed it over to us.
Finally, we challenge the President to come clean on the Northern Collector Tunnel and give Kenyans a direct assurance that he has no conflict of interest in this matter between his commercial interests and the interest of the people of Kenya and that he is not pushing this project because of that conflict of interests.
In the interests of the all the communities along the Tana Basin, President Kenyatta must stop the Northern Collector Tunnel. For us downstream, whoever touches the Tana touches our lives directly and becomes our enemy. The President has a chance to prove that he cares about our people and their lives by stopping this project.
H.E ALI HASSAN JOHO
OCTOBER 12, 2016.
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