Ewaso Ng'iro North Basin Conflicts
21 August 2012, 10:31
Water is life and normally it’s not supposed to cause conflicts but that is not the case for the people use the Sirimon Sub-catchment.
Located on the leeward side of Mt. Kenya, the Sirimon river traverses Imenti North and Laikipia East districts. It’s part of the Ewaso Ng’iro North which feeds most of Northern Kenya.
Due to high abstractions to support human, livestock and irrigation demand, people downstream suffer a lot especially during this dry spell as the river never reaches them.
They complain that those at the upper areas don’t consider them and that they pump all the water to their farms leaving the river dry just a few kilometers from Mt. Kenya.
This leads those who are downstream (mostly pastoralists) to trek upstream in search for the water and that’s where they now confront the farmers and hell breaks loose.
These conflicts have led the formation of a body; The Sirimon River Water Users Association; to monitor the usage of the river to ensure that no illegal connections are done from the river to ensure that it does flow to all.
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