A controversy is brewing between residents of Sirikwa Village in Kuresoi North, and a local agency over access to a borehole.
Some locals said the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) was barring them from drawing water from the borehole, which is inside a farm owned by ADC.
The residents led by area MCA Alfred Mutai held peaceful demonstrations near the farm.
Mr Mutai said security guards manning the farm had been instructed not to allow the residents to draw water from the boreholes, which they have been relying on since 1998.
“It is the Government that sunk the borehole for people to use. ADC which recently took over the management of the farm has however denied the residents access to the borehole,” said Mutai.
The water table in most parts of the village is low, keeping the residents from drilling their own wells. The residents have been relying on a nearby stream, and the ADC borehole.
According to those interviewed, the prolonged drought has led to the drying up of the stream. This has left the borehole as the only source of water. They say they only need the water for domestic use, yet ADC wants to use it for irrigation.
Mutai said besides the drought, ADC also planted exotic trees near the stream which sapped water from the stream.
“The water levels have been reducing at the stream due to eucalyptus trees planted by ADC. The river is nearly dried up and full of algae ,” said Mutai.
The ADC farm manager, who was present during the demonstrations, declined to comment on the issue.