Kirinyaga MPs have threatened to storm the National Irrigation Board (NIB) to protest against the delay in building an irrigation dam.
They have accused the NIB of dragging its feet on the construction of the Thiba Dam project meant to supply water to Mwea Irrigation Scheme to increase rice production.
Mwea MP Gichimi Githinji said it was disappointing that the board had failed to release the money to pay the companies awarded tenders to build the dam.
“We will protest at their Nairobi and Mwea offices. The construction companies have deserted the site for lack of funds.
“We will mobilise the people to join us in this protest. The government has said it has released the money, but NIB has refused to disburse it without giving any reasons,” Gichimu said.
He and his colleagues lamented that with no money coming, the companies had to lay off staff.
Strabag International Company reportedly dismissed its workers after running out of funds.
The MPs claimed the companies had used up all their money and could not continue without an injection of cash from the NIB.
The Ksh20 billion Thiba project was expected to boost rice farming, especially during the dry seasons when there is water rationing.
More than two years later, the project is not even half -way done.