CS MWANGI KIUNJURI to revive Galana-Kulalu irrigation project even after we lost 8 billion in the project without any harvest-This is insane

Monday July 8, 2019-Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has blamed Israeli firm Green Arava for the collapse of the multi-billion-shilling Government irrigation project, Galana-Kulalu, accusing them of inflating expenses.

The CS for the first time admitted publicly that the project had been marred with corruption.
He stated that Green Arava had been spending Ksh 67,000 per acre on other expenses that are related to farming but Ksh 90,000 on fuel component alone.

“Since National Irrigation Board (NIB) took over in the current season, the cost of production has come down to a maximum of Ksh 45,000 per acre, having more than halved what the contractor has been spending,” Kiunjuri revealed.

Kiunjuri further noted that another instance of inflation emerged from the Ksh700 million bill that the contractor was demanding before unclogging the water intake that runoff had blocked.

He stated the NIB only used Ksh 30 million to do the same work.

“There is a question of mismanagement on this project that borders on corruption,” he explained.

The CS argued that the controversial irrigation scheme is still viable and that it can play a key role in bridging the perennial food shortages.

“We are going to lower the cost of production from the figures that the contractor has been giving us and this will make Galana a viable project,” he maintained.

The project consumed over Sh8 billion with nothing to show for it.


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