The government has commenced projects aimed at addressing challenges facing residents in Laikipia County that often lead to conflict.

Identification of areas for building of standard dams by Kenya Defence Forces is ongoing to mitigate the perennial lack of water that often leads to conflict amongst communities who are pastoralists.

In a two day familiarization tour to the area, the General Officer Commanding Border Security Command (GOC BSC) Major General Stephen Otieno accompanied by 2nd Brigade Commander Brigadier Peter Assava visited the multiagency security command center at Ngoisusu before proceeding to Kilimon area where he met security teams, locals and their elders to identify a suitable location for construction of a water dam to support their day to day activities.

At Mukogodo East in Laikipia North, Major General Otieno met with locals who identified a location for construction of a new water dam, adjacent to an old one that is currently not meeting the demand of locals.

“The community’s livelihood depends on this dam. We and our animals drink its waters. Its contamination by wild animals and silting has made it worse and we are staring at serious suffering. The rehabilitation of this Dam will help us much,” said Mr. Simon Ngila, Chairman Water Resource Users Association.

“We are going to address the need for clean water first by building a new dam that will be fenced to avoid encroachment from where water will be pumped and piped to a water tank to serve the community and your livestock. After ensuring there is clean water from the new dam, we are then going to rehabilitate the existing one to increase water catchment with designated places set aside to serve both domestic and wild animals,” Major General Otieno told the residents comprising men, women, youth and children.

The projects are part of government efforts to address challenges affecting locals in Laikipia County in the ongoing operation to restore normalcy and avoid recurrence of the same in future.

Robust multiagency patrols continue in the area towards ensuring security is guaranteed to the locals.

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