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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,5TH DEC 2019-A dam located in Ruiru, Kiambu County and assosiated with president Uhuru Kenyatta’s family broke its banks early Thursday morning, following the heavy rains leaving residents stranded.
The incident comes close to three years since Residents in the area first registered their complaints, linking the tragedy to the Kenyatta family’s Brookside which borders the area.
The Kenyatta family has further blocked all drainage channels in the area in their ongoing construction of Northlands City.
Efforts by the residents to have the stakeholders address the issue have been futile for the last two years, and are calling the Kenyatta family to allow for easy flow of water from the dam in a bid to stop the overflow into residential homes.
“I am a resident at Varsityville Estate Kiambu county. We border Brookside where the Kenyatta family is doing Northlands City. We have been complaining of blocked drainage for the last 2 years but Brookside hasn’t done nothing. With the heavy rainfall all water ways are blocked so water results to flowing into our homes. Water started coming in our homes at 9pm last night. We need the Kenyatta family to let water flow from the dam for the water to stop overflowing in our homes,” said a resident.
Kiarie states that failure to address the situation would lead to serious damages as witnessed where families will be displaced and properties destroyed hence they should be liable for the consequences.
“Please, note that we shall hold you solely responsible for any displacement of families and destruction of properties as consequence of flooding due to your recent construction developments. We call upon you to take necessary immediate remedial action,” read the notice in part.
Additionally, the residents have alluded that the construction was a deliberate means of blocking of natural water drainage.
Close to 10 houses have been affected by the floods, with residents unable to sleep due to the uncertainty of what could happen next.
Northlands City covers 11,000 acre land located at Kahawa Sukari along the Thika Superhighway. The project is estimated at a cost of Ksh 500 billion.