Government hands over Thwake Project Site

All eyes on the project map. (Clockwise, from left to right) Mr. Munyao, the project coordinator pointing at the map, Hon. Dan Maazo, (MP Makueni) obscured, fourth from left, Mr.Chan, Chairman China Gezhouba Group of Companies, Hon. Nzambia (MP Kilome), Maalim Mohamed, Makueni County Commissioner, Mr. Stephen Ikua, Secretary of Administration, State department for Irrigation, Mr. Kimongo (MCA), and Mr. Peter makuu, Chairperson Project Affected Persons (extreme right) among others.Picture by John Madoka – State Department for Irrigation.

The government on Friday 23 rd March, 2018 officially handed over the Thwake Multi-purpose Dam
Project site to China Gezhouba Group of Companies Limited.This took place at Katithi Sub-location, Mavindini location, Kathonzweni Sub-County in Makueni County.
The handing over of the site will now enable the contractor access the site and set up camp.
This brief event brought together senior State of irrigation representatives, Secretary of Administration,Mr. Stephen Ikua and Mr. Munyao,( the Project coordinator), the Makueni County Commissioner, Mr.Maalim Mohammed and his security team, the Chairman China Gezhouba Group of Companies, Mr.Chan and his team and areas MP’s Dan Maazo (Makueni) and Hon. Nzambia (kilome) among others.
The Thwake Multi-purpose Dam is a Kenya Vision 2030 flagship project and among those that will help
deliver the 'Big Four', which are at the heart of the Government's plans for the next five years.
Speaking during the event Mr. Ikua confirmed that the government will expedite the release of funds to ensure that the remaining ‘project affected persons’ (PAP’s) not yet compensated soon get their money in full.
The dam project is multipurpose in nature and it is expected to provide water for domestic and
irrigation use as well as for hydropower generation. The dam will also mitigate floods within the
coastal region which is flood prone zone
The principal areas which have been targeted as the main beneficiaries of water are
Kathonzweni, Wote, Kibwezi and the neighbouring areas in Makueni County and the Yatta
Plateau in Kitui County. The main beneficiary for now is the proposed Konza ICT City.
The Makueni and Kilome MP’s both expressed their commitment to support the project which
will completely change the lives of over 1million people.
However, Makueni MP Hon. Dan Maazo urged the government to stop activities that pollute
the water upstream in Nairobi and its environs.