Busia County Director and Land Reclamation, Eng Dismas Odula sheds light on the Angololo water project| COURTESY
The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) today conducted the first public meetings for the preparation of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Study for the Angololo Water Resources Development Project.
EIA Expert/consultant Professor, Jacob Kibwage led the exercise at Kamachar market in Adumai sub location and Osere City, both in Teso North Sub County, Busia County assisted by Busia County Director Irrigation and Land Reclamation, Engineer Dismas Odula.
Prof Kibwage has been appointed to undertake the environmental and social impact assessment of the project on both the Kenyan and Ugandan side.
The project is located on the trans-boundary Malaba River that is between Kenya and Uganda and it falls within the Sio-Malaba River Basin within the Nile Basin.
The project consists of a proposed 30-40metres high with a reservoir capacity of 43.0. million cubic metres that will supply portable water for over 20,000 people and irrigate over 3,300 hectares ( 1,867 ha in Kenya and 1,433 ha in Uganda).
Upon completion the dam will generate 1.2MW of hydropower. In general, the Angololo Water Resources Development Project is expected to benefit at least 127,300 people from Moding, Osajai locations in Busia County, Kenya and Tororo, Manafwa and Namisindwa districts in Uganda.
Residents of the two locations of Moding and Osajai gave the project a nod with Prof Kibwage assuring them that their demands will be factored in the report for consideration when the project finally takes off.
Among the demands from the project affected persons were construction of bridges linking Kenya and Uganda, employment of locals in the project, tarmacking of the roads, flood control, availability of fish, compensation and lack of title deeds, among others.
Angololo Dam project victim makes her contributon at Kamachar in Moding Sub location flanked by area Chief Gilbert Odera Omudek| COURTESY
Prof Kibwage said the dam has three components including water supply, electricity and irrigation, noting that 20,000 people will benefit from clean water supply and 150,000 from the entire project, telling residents to embrace it.
"People will reap from the irrigation component to increase food production which can be sold in local and international markets," he said.
He added: " I am happy that residents of the two locations have embraced the project considering that they don't have tap water in their homes, forcing them to use rain water is also scarce due to effects of climate channge.
Apart from irrigation, water and electricity, residents will also benefit from a road and bridge linking Kenya and Uganda, noting that this will benefit their cross border businesses.
Eng Odula said Kamachar was chosen to host the dam owing to its location and to ensure its sustainability, adding that water will flow via gravity to be used for irrigation in Osajai and Kamuria locations which are downstream.
Those who attended the consultative meeting included Assistant Engineers Irrigation and Land Reclamation, Michael Ojoji and Patrick Makio among others.
PHOTO| A Expert/Consultant Prof Jacob Kibwage in Teso North on Wednesday.
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