EDITORIAL: Firm action must be taken to ensure safety of dams - 7 months ago, 11 July 19:00

By: Editorial

Kenya is yet to recover from the recent Solai dam burst that took the lives of 47 people. But as a matter of fact, the country must stay alert that more such disasters could happen again given the presence of thousands of such facilities countrywide.

There is discomfort in the fact that even where professionals have been involved in building the dams, cutting of corners has helped in setting the stage for disasters.

Water and Sanitation principal secretary Joseph Irungu on Tuesday laid bare the extent of the negligence that bears the potential to cause more harm.

According to the PS, only 843 out of 4,140 dams are regulated by the Water Resources Management Authority (Warma). The thousands of water pans dotting Kenya’s countryside are not regulated, the PS said, and it is only now that the ministry is updating its data in an attempt at some regulation.

After the Nakuru disaster, few ...
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