Calls for permanent solution to flooding in Kwanza

Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi . Photo/Aspect News

Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi wants the national government to establish an appropriate drainage system within Namanjalala location to curb perennial effects of flooding.

More than 400 families were last week displaced at Tembelela village within the location after River Sabwani broke its banks owing to heavy rains being witnessed in the region.

“The government must find a permanent solution to this challenge by putting in place an appropriate drainage system or we will keep losing lives and properties,” Mr. Wanyonyi spoke at Namanjalala area.

He took issue with the National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority which is yet to complete the construction of Maliki flood control dykes which had been tipped to offer reprieve to locals.

The legislator also called on residents to heed the advisory by disaster management personnel to move to higher grounds to evade the possibility of being submerged by the rising water levels.

“I also call on the county government to put in place sanitation measures that will ensure that there is no outbreak of cholera owing to the condemnation of water sources by the floods,” he said.

Area MCA Ben Wanjala said deserted Dams should be maintained to serve the initial purposes of water harvesting to reduce overflow of water which breaks riverbanks, resulting in flooding.

The area county government’s administrator in Kwanza Stephen Mukubui said the devolved unit is working closely with both governmental and non-governmental agencies to address the plight of residents.

“The situation is still worrying owing to the heavy downpour being witnessed in this region. We are committed to partnering with all stakeholders to contain the situation,” said Mr. Mukubui.

Residents who are recounting losses however are reluctant to move away from their homesteads saying they don’t have an alternative place to put up in the meantime as the rains wreck havoc.

“We can’t move away since we have no other place to go to. What we require by now is humanitarian assistance and an alternative place to put up at and not mere advisories,” said Moses Walucho, a victim.