The Kases Water Dam in East Africa is set to be commissioned this year in September; Water Works Development Agency (CRVWWDA) has announced, adding that the dam project nears completion.
The Kenya Ugandan peace dam project began last year July. It is one of the four being constructed for pastoralist communities to cement peace along border areas. The dam project is also similar to Kobebe Dam in Moroto, Uganda, which has become a haven for peace in Karamoja region.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni signed a deal to end hostilities among the three neighbouring communities early this year. The agreement entailed various projects, including the dams to strengthen peace in the area. The dam upon completion, will help in transforming the region from a conflict zone to an area of progress and development.
End of hostilities
“Access to water for livestock is a big problem in this region and that is why we want to complete it on time to help end disputes during dry periods. The peace dam is among others in Turkana and Marsabit bordering Ethiopia as key legacy projects initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta,” said Water, Irrigation and Sanitation Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki.
The project involve a central trench excavation, a dam reservoir, earthen embankment and a spillway. The CRVWWDA received US $2.32m for the construction of the Kases Peace Dam. The work is being funded by the Kenyan government with support from the African Development Bank (AfDB). The new facility will have a storage capacity of 1.2 million m3 and will benefit over 8,000 people in the communities of Kases, Males and Pcholio in West Pokot County, Kenya.