Kenya Government Construct Mega Water Dam at Uganda Border

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The government has constructed a mega water dam with a capacity of 50 million cubic litres of water near the Kenya-Uganda border. The Kenya Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (KDRDIP), is located at Lomesepus, Turkana West Sub County. The dam is located 60km from Uganda and 30km from South Sudan.

Principal Secretary in Charge of the State Department for ASALS and Regional Development, Idris Dokota, said the dam will help avoid conflicts due to water. “The interventions will go a long way in protecting our people from moving to neighbouring countries in search of water,” said the PS.

Dakota added that the KDRDIP has also drilled and equipped 30 boreholes and eight water pans in Turkana West Sub-County. Mr. Dokota explained at Lomesepus, where he scrutinized the ongoing construction of a mega water pan executed by KDRDIP.

Significance of Mega Water Dam along Kenya-Uganda Border

Importantly, KDRDIP has drilled and equipped a borehole at Nadapal Border, near the South Sudan Border. The KDRDIP projects furthermore target to foster peaceful cohabitation between host communities and refugees living in Kakuma by reducing stress on resources.

Additionally, the project has seen the construction of the first-ever mortuary in the Turkana West sub-county at Kakuma Hospital. The facility will lessen costs incurred by families in transporting the bodies of the deceased to Lodwar, which is 120 kilometres away.

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The PS also visited a water borehole drilled to support households living at Lokore. He challenged the residents to take advantage of the borehole to plant trees. Additionally, planting trees is in line with the government’s program of planting 15 billion trees in the next 10 years.

The PS was accompanied by KDRDIP project manager Wilfred Omari, Turkana county coordinator Amfrey Amoni, and county police commander Samuel Ndanyi, among other senior officials.