Sio-Malaba-Malakisi (SMM) River Basin Management Project is one of the investment projects facilitated NBI’s Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU).
The Cabinet Secretary for Water Hon. Eugene L. Wamalwa, EGH recently visited three water resources multipurpose project sites under the SMM River Basin Management project, where he noted that "both the national and county governments are committed to implementing all development projects in the country”. He added that “this is why I signed, on your behalf, the loan agreement with the Korean Government for financing the Kocholia project," he added.
The projects sites visited include the Kocholia Water Resources Multipurpose Project located along River Malakisi comprises of a multipurpose dam to store water for irrigation (command area of 4,000ha), livestock watering, and water supply as well as hydropower generation (about 1.091MW). Additional benefits include flood control, recreation, fisheries development and restoration of upstream watershed. More than 23,000 people will benefit directly while more than 600,000 people indirectly.
The Sio-Sango Water Resources Multipurpose Project located along River Sio in Bungoma county is expected to develop viable multipurpose infrastructure and non‐structural interventions for irrigation (command area of 1,700ha) livestock development, water supply, hydropower generation (325KW), flood control, fisheries and catchment improvement/enhancement in the project area. At least 20,000 people in Bungoma and Kakamega counties will directly benefit from the project and more than 500,000 people indirectly.
Located along River Malaba, the Angololo Water Resources Multipurpose Project is shared between Kenya and Uganda. This project also comprises of a multipurpose dam to store water for irrigation (command area of 2,500ha: 1,700ha in Uganda and 800ha in Kenya), livestock watering, water supply and hydropower generation. Additional benefits include flood control, recreation, fisheries development as well as restoration of upstream watershed. This project will directly benefit more than 25,000 people while indirect beneficiaries will be more than 400,000 people.
The project beneficiaries on their part expressed gratitude to the national government for its commitment to develop the identified investment projects.
Hon. Wamalwa called upon beneficiaries to collaborate with the technical staff from NBI/NELSAP-CU by providing them with the required information as they prepare more development projects.
Hon. Wamalwa was accompanied by a number of senior officials from Kenya and staff of NELSAP-CU during the sites visit, which took place from 9 – 14 December, 2016.