Kenya Defence forces (KDF) Troops stationed at BODHEI LAPSSET security camp operating under AOB, led by Bodhei FOB Officer Commanding Major Paul Orenga on behalf of LAPSSET Commander Lieutenant Colonel Rubithia (CO 23MIB) carried out de-silting, dredging and repair of Majengo village water pan as a way of giving back to the community of Majengo village of Bodhei in Lamu County.
Over the years, silt collected in the dam reduces its capacity, and the dam supports a population of 450 locals, 1000 livestock, and wildlife.
De-silting and enlargement will ensure the water pan capacity is increased, especially as we approach the onset of high rainfall projected to begin soon. This will also mitigate the perennial lack of water that bedevils the area.
The KDF team converted a barrow pit into a water pan and cleared the converted barrow pit, thus making it accessible to the local population. The newly converted water pan is the last remaining source of water since the older pans had already dried up due to the prevailing drought experienced not only in Bodhei but in other parts of the country as well.
The local area chief Abdalla Ben while overseeing the project lauded the initiative by KDF, “The community livelihood and our livestock depend solely on this dam, its contamination, and silting have made it worse and we are staring at serious suffering. The rehabilitation that’s ongoing will help us so much and increase the water pan capacity.” Said the local administrator.
Officer Commanding Maj Orenga, while handing over the converted new water, assured the locals that they will continuously empower the community as part of humanitarian activities carried out by the OAB troops.
“Our base is part of this community, we just want to make a positive impact through such initiatives and others to come in the future through our KDF command, I assure you that KDF would not relent in its effort in ensuring there is sustainable peace and stability in the area.” Said Maj Oranga. Additionally, he urged the locals to continue supporting the LAPPSET project and other government-initiated programs that are meant to bring socio-economic development in the region.