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Kingi: KenGen is responsible for floods

19 April 2013, 18:33 Alloys Musyoka

Kilifi county governor Amason Jefa Kingi has blamed the power producing company KenGen for the ongoing floods in the Magarini and Malindi districts which has caused a lot of damages.

Kingi said the power producing company opened its dams without communicating to leaders or relevant authorities living in the lower areas along the river.

He said that floods which have washed away households and crops among other valuable things occurred when KenGen opened its dams in higher areas of the country.

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"All the problems our people are facing now was not done by mistake but some people up there who do not care about other peoples' lives decided to open dams without telling us to advice our people to move to higher areas," he reiterated.

Addressing flood victims at Malimo village in Malindi district when he visited over 1 300 people who were displaced by floods, Kingi said his government will communicate with the central government and see to it that the company compensates those who lost crops and valuable items.

He said they will make sure the company issues alerts three days before opening their dams to ensure that locals move to higher grounds.

"Our aim is to make sure the company compensates you whenever this problem occurs and also to alert us that they will be opening their dams so that you are not caught unawares," he told flood victims.

He lamented that most of the local residents could not salvage their households because they were caught in the middle of their sleep.

Kingi had visited flood victims at Kulobani village in Magarini where he also distributed food, accompanied by Malindi DC Joshua Nkanatha and Red cross coordinator in the area Musa Hassan Musa among other leaders.

He urged locals not to go back to their homes until they get permit from his government, stating that he had been informed that more dams were yet to be opened up for water to flow to the River.

"It will be risky for you to decide to go back to your homes because am told more dams are going to be opened today or tomorrow meaning the water level will increase," he said.

Kingi said his government will work together with land commission and the central government in ensuring the affected locals get land in other places and use the one along the River for farming only.

He distributed food items among them 200 bundles of maize meal, 10 bags of rice of 50 kilograms each and 50 cartoons of water containing 12 bottles each, among other things.

Kingi said that the government through the ministry of special programmes was planning to distribute food ad other non-food items to them soon.

The governor assured Kilifi county residents that his government will come up with permanent solutions to the issue by constructing several dams in all corners of the River to ensure that excess water is stored in dams for agricultural use during dry seasons.

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