Devolution and ASALs Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, Petroleum and Mining CS John Munyes, Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok and senate majority Leader Samuel Poghisio on Sunday led celebrations to commemorate the first anniversary of the Kenya-Uganda MOU on cross-border peace and development.
The MOU was signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and President Uhuru Kenyatta last September in Uganda.
The leaders commissioned the Sh16.5 million Urum water reticulation Peace Dividend Project a partnership by the County Government, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with technical assistance from the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs.
He said the community had identified water shortage as its biggest problem which prompted President Uhuru Kenyatta to direct construction of dams in Turkana, West Pokot, Marsabit, Samburu and Baringo.
On the Sh250 million strategic and multipurpose dam set to be constructed in Namoni-ang’ikaala in Loima, CS Wamalwa assured that a team of experts from the Ministry of Water will visit the area to iron out technical aspects before construction begin.
He explained that the project, a dividend for cross-border peace, was meant to replicate a similar investment by the Government of Uganda in Kobebe which has benefited communities on both sides of the Kenya and Uganda border.