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Row as communities scramble over water
Posted on Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 19:49:23 CDT by kwpnews

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GARISSA (KBC) - The devastating drought in most parts of the country now threatens to pit communities against one another as they scramble for the little flowing water in the rivers.



Farmers in Tawakal, Kahira and Lagdera have come together to block a section of Tana River so that the river can revert back to its original course but downstream, farmers in Bura district are crying foul since the move will deny them water for irrigation.

The Bura farmers claim that over 10,000 families depend on farming and risk losing their source of livelihood if the river reverts back to its course.

However farmers in the areas where the river has changed its course shifting 300 metres away from the engine pump house are having none of it and have vowed to ensure the river reverts to its course to enable them continue with their irrigation activities.

Garissa district agricultural officer Bashir Abdillahi says a team of experts will be sent to the Tana river region to find ways of assisting the farmers to ensure they all benefit from the waters of River Tana.

Meanwhile residents of Madogo division in Bura district took to the streets and stormed the area DO's office protesting against alleged theft of relief food.

The angry residents claim that the area administrators have colluded with unscrupulous businessmen to steal relief food meant to the locals and later selling it in Garissa town.

They are now demanding that the DO and the chiefs be sacked and a new transparent team be installed.

They claim that for the last eight months, many have had to go home empty handed after the relief food sent to the area was supposedly distributed to only a few residents while the rest is sold off.

They claim that recently the area DO asked the locals to convene at his office for relief food distribution, but some who turned up early in the morning found no food in the stores.

The DO conceded that he had received several complaints that some of the food distribution committee members may be corrupt.

He however urged the residents to remain calm as he looks into the matter.

The latest relief consignment received in the area consisted of 48 bags of maize

 


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