CEC,LENR and county officials at Uasin Gishu County (the disputed land claimed by Leserkech self help Group in Mlango)
The County Government of Nandi through the CEC,LENR Mr.Jacob Tanui led a delegation of county officials to meet their counterparts from Uasin Gishu County at the disputed land claimed by Leserkech self help Group in Mlango which is the source of water for the giant Lelmokwo water supply project. The project has had a dispute for sometime over compensation of land where the project sits since 1973. Lake Victoria North Water service Board intends to expand the existing infrastructure to serve more residents of both Nandi and Uasin Gishu Counties.
According to the feasibility study, the project will be done in two phases. The 1st phase will cost Kshs 1.2 billion and will include the construction of a treatment plant, a pump house , two storage tanks and 39km distribution network.
The project will benefit Mlango, lelmokwo, Mosoriot, Airport, Kapseret and Langas areas.
Nandi County CEC Member for Lands, Environment and Natural Resources, Jacob Tanui emphasized on the need for both counties to work in harmony as the project cuts across both Counties and on the need to follow the intergovernmental Relations Act 2012, ” its high time we recognize that the two counties are distinct and inter dependent and therefore theres need to conduct mutual relations on the basis of consultation and cooperation”, he said.
He further urged LVNWSB through the design consultants to ensure proper procedures are undertaken when compensating the affected residents.”Public participation is key as the community will understand the importance of the project and even own it” he added.