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Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has put investors who had encroached on the riparian land on notice

Posted by African Press International on December 7, 2013

  • BY JACK MARWA LAKE 6TH,december, Kenya

Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has put investors who had encroached on the riparian land on notice and asked them to move out to conserve the land. He at the same time called for the opening of all access corridors around the water body as the lake is of great economic value to the national and county governments. The governor said the invasion of the land has contributed to pollution of the lake.

He said the lake is of great economic value to the national and county governments. “We are working with development partners to address the issue of sewer and storm water which is polluting the lake,” he said. He expressed his concern over the sharp increase in cases of poaching around Lake Naivasha and said was as a major security threat to major investments around the water body. “At the moment we are experiencing drought in parts of the country and I call on those around the lake to accommodate the pastoralists by giving them access to water,” he said.

Mbugua was addressing the press in Simba Lodge Naivasha during a consultative meeting on Lake Naivasha which was organized by The Imarisha Naivasha board. He admitted that the lake faced various challenges and praised the Imarisha Naivasha and Lake Naivasha Growers Group (LNGG) for their efforts in conserving the lake. The chairman of the Imarisha board Richard Fox said that the workshop was meant to come up with a road map on conserving the lake. Fox said that the road map would address issues of the riparian land, access roads to the lake, poaching, pastures and water for pastoralists.

“This meeting has brought together various stakeholders and various challenges facing Lake Naivasha will be addressed,” he said. On his part Nakuru County Commissioner Mohammed Birik termed Lake Naivasha as an important body to the country’s economy. The commissioner said that all communities should benefit from the lake warning that conflicts increased during dry seasons. Birik added that deforestation in the catchment area was leading to a bad situation and called for concerted efforts to conserve water towers.

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