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Beasts take over Eremit water springs as residents cry foul

Members of Kajiado West Youth Alliance show journalists how the Eremit-Oltepesi road converted into a seasonal river 7 years ago.
Members of Kajiado West Youth Alliance show journalists how the Eremit-Oltepesi road converted into a seasonal river 7 years ago.
Water CEC Member, Michael Semera on Monday confirmed he visited Eremit area with his boss Lenku, but denied promising any amount.

A pre-independence springs that ooze water from the base of Eremit Hills in Ewuaso Kedong, Kajiado County, is in the verge of drying up.

The water from the springs flows from Eremit area of the ward to the south in Oltepesi before eventually settling at the Lake Magadi.

Along the way, the water is used by farmers to irrigate the farms as it is used for livestock and domestic by the residents.

But the residents of Eremit are now warning the people living downstream that the source of the water has been invaded by wild animals and livestock making the water that flows out muddy.

“At this rate, at which the wild animals and livestock have invaded this water springs, I am not seeing this water lasting,” youth activist Lawrence Mbelati told the Star on Monday.

Mbelati claimed the local people in Eremit cannot raise money for the construction of a dam at the source of the water springs. The water serves a population of about 10,000 people, according to the area residents.

“We have been talking to the county government over the situation on the ground. Governor Joseph ole Lenku came over here with his cabinet members, one year ago, and promised some Sh20 million for the construction of a dam,” said Mbelati.

Water CEC Member, Michael Semera on Monday confirmed he visited Eremit area with his boss Lenku, but denied promising any amount.

“What we did was to tour the place and saw the need to fence off the source of the water and look for financial resources. It requires more than Sh20 million. Our engineers are working on the cost,” said Semera.

He said the water springs require a large dam and piping of water downstream.

“I will let you know the total amount that is required for the construction of the dam and the piping process,” said Semera.

Area MP George Sunkuyia said the road between Oltepesi and Eremit and the construction of the Eremit water springs are projects under governor Lenku’s office.

“Governor Lenku gave a pledge more than one year ago that his office would undertake that,” said Sunkuyia.

When the Star visited the springs after 10 am, the water following downstream was muddy, and the explanation given was that wild animals spent the night at the source.

The local people said they would wait until later in the afternoon before fetching the water.

They were not even sure if they would get clear water owing to the fact livestock could also access the open-source and spoil the flowing stuff.

 

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