President Kenyatta Tours Multi-billion Irrigation Projects In Kirinyaga County

President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Monday inspected the ongoing construction of the Shs 8.5 billion Thiba Dam and the Shs 2.6 billion Mwea Irrigation Scheme expansion project, all in Kirinyaga County, central Kenya.

Speaking to Gichugu residents who turned up to receive him at the dam whose construction will be complete by the end of the year, the President announced Government plans to construct a hospital in the area and relocate a local school whose operations have been hampered by the mega project.

He said the Thiba dam will transform rice farming in the region by enabling farmers to multiply production besides providing adequate clean water for domestic and agricultural use by residents of Kirinyaga and neighbouring Counties.

“When this dam is complete it will enable the residents to have enough water for irrigation not once a year but continuously thereby enabling rice farmers in Mwea to double their production,” the President said.

In politics, the President cautioned area residents to be wary of deceitful and self-seeking politicians who he said are out to divide people for selfish gains.

The President said he had fulfilled his pre-election promise of delivering Thiba dam and related Irrigation infrastructure, among other pledges such as key roads and electricity connectivity.

“Some of you tend to forget what you had requested. You can see what the Government has done. I had promised to fulfil my pledges and as you can see work is ongoing. Don’t be deceived by few misguided individuals. My Government is action-oriented and we don’t waste time with empty talk,” President Kenyatta said.

From Thiba dam, the Head of State drove through Kutus town to Mutithi in Mwea Constituency, where the Government is implementing the Mwea Irrigation Scheme expansion projects, a Shs 2.6 billion initiative that seeks to raise the area under rice cultivation from the current 10,000acres to 35,000acres by February next year.

The project, which involves the construction of a 2.4km link canal to transfer water from Thiba Dam, 47kms of irrigation and drainage canals, and the laying of Kathiga Bridge, is 71 percent complete.

When ready, the expansive irrigation project will increase rice production in Mwea from 114,000MT to 200,000MT annually, besides creating 50,000 new jobs.

In his address to area residents, the President said the various infrastructural projects being undertaken throughout the country are the foundation of a better Kenya.

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