The President of Kenya, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday launched the construction of a Sh10 billion dam in West Pokot County as part of the country’s infrastructural development.
The project known as the Muruny Water Project’s construction is expected to be completed in the next thirty months, will benefit more than 240,000 people in West Pokot and Elgeyo-Marakwet counties of Kenya.
Addressing wananchi at the Kapsait Primary School grounds after launching the project, President Kenyatta said the Jubilee administration was committed to implementing the promises it made to Kenyans.
“This project that we have launched today is part of the promises we made to the people of Kenya. We are not interested in mere politicking but service delivery to our people”, said Kenyatta
He also added, “We are creating 1,000 jobs through the construction of this Muruny water dam,”
Mr Kenyatta asked elected leaders to stop political bickering and join hands in nation building.
“As leaders, we should be focused in what we are doing. We cannot help solve the problems facing our people if we dedicate most of our time in empty rhetoric. Time for politics is over,” he said.
President Kenyatta, who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, said the government was committed to ensuring more people have access to water.
“When more people have access to water, it will help spur the country’s economic growth and transform the lives of Kenyans,” he said.
Mr Ruto added that the water project would solve water shortages, especially for those in Kapenguria Town.
“Once this project is completed, it will help our people who experience frequent water shortages.”