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Calls by a Kenyan Senate Committee on Agriculture to have the controversial Galana-Kulalu irrigation scheme audited are timely.

The Sh5.9 billion project, if completed, will help deal with issues and effects of climate crisis, especially drought. The recent sufferings by a section of Kenyans in Baringo and Turkana was not necessary.

The Senate committee that has demanded an audit amid claims of a controversy over the project must follow the matter to the end.

According to Mithika Mwenda, the Panafrican Climate Justice Alliance (Pacja) Executive Director, the Galana Kulalu, the Kimwarer, Aror and all other such dam projects must be taken seriously to prevent innocent and mostly poor Kenyans from preventable suffering.

He spoke at the Pacja Secretariat offices in Nairobi, saying the fight against effects of the climate crisis must be given a multifaceted approach. “The dispute between the National Irrigation Board and Israeli contract Green Arava must not be protracted, as only the poor Kenyans will suffer,” he said.

Work at the Galana-Kulalu Dam is reportedly only 50 per cent done, according to reports. The dispute arose as the contractor sought to import equipment worth Sh350 million, but for which the irrigation board demands a bill of lading first.

The Green Arava, according to its chairman Yariv Kedar, has since stopped working.

This is a waste of time, and with more time taken to finish the work, more resources are wasted.

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