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Kenyatta Commissions China-Built Water Supply Project

Screenshot from AP Video showing the Karimenu II Dam Water Supply Project in Gatundu North, Kiambu County of Kenya, taken August 2, 2022.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday commissioned a water supply project constructed by a Chinese company in Gatundu North, Kiambu County of Kenya.

The Karimenu II Dam Water Supply Project is a Vision 2030 flagship project funded jointly by the Kenyan and Chinese governments under the Belt and Road Initiative. The building of the comprehensive water supply project, which is located 75 kilometers from Nairobi, Kenya, began in 2019.

When completed, the dam will provide 70,000 cubic meters of water per day to communities in surrounding regions as well as Nairobi City. This dam will help over a million people.

"I think this project could be very crucial for local people, as many places in Africa are in desperate need of water," said one of the project's staff members.

The dam's construction has already provided approximately 2,000 local jobs, since the project hired numerous Kenyan employees and purchased building supplies from local companies.

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"We have had excellent cooperation between ourselves and the local people who have been doing this work... So we celebrate this very important project, and as we always say, that we live to continue this amicable and very sustainable relationship between us and China," said Eng. Joseph Njoroge, Acting Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation in Kenya.