Governor Ruto makes surprise decision on Uhuru
The Bomet Governor is seen as DP Ruto's main rival in the South Rift.
Ruto who on Thursday who was on a tour of the area in Nakuru County, publicly asked the locals to refer to the temporary settlements as "Kambi William" and "Uhuru camp".
He faulted the Jubilee Government for evicting the 1,278 families to pave way for the Sh34 billion project.
The water project originates from the Mau water tower and terminates at the Itare dam in Kuresoi, Nakuru County.
With a capacity to yield 100,000m3 of water a day, the 57-metre high dam being built by the Rift Valley Water Services Board was expected to solve water problems in Nakuru County and its environs.
The Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) who shared tea with the IDPS, claimed the locals were pushed out of their homes without due consultation or public participation as required by law.
In March, hundreds of residents of Ndoinet Village in Kuresoi North staged a demonstration at Itare Dam construction site demanding compensation after they were displaced following the construction of the controversial dam.
They want the project halted until they are compensated for their land.
Petitions have already been filed in court by a number of council of elders and local communities to stop the construction of the multi-billion shilling dam.
While donating bags bags of maize to the families who were moved from their homes to create space for the construction of the dam, Ruto claimed the government shared the Sh4 billion meant for public participation and demolished houses without any notice.
"Jubilee has been saying that Raila Odinga evicted families from the Mau forest but they are worse. This is why you should vote for Nasa," the Bomet Governor said.
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