Editor's Review

The launch of this manifesto was presided over by Ruto.

Deputy President William Ruto's Kenya Kwanza government will not prioritize the construction of dams if they win the presidency in the August 9, polls.

In their manifesto which was launched on Thursday, the Kenya Kwanza Alliance said the project lacks value for money.

"Two-thirds of Kenya’s agricultural land requires irrigation, against only 4 per cent that is irrigated. Current policy is centered on domestic use and large dams," the manifesto reads in part.

{Deputy President William Ruto arriving in Kasarani. IMAGE: COURTESY}

The coalition states that it will seek to achieve the right to water by 2027.

This, they said, will be achieved by shifting focus from huge dam projects from dams to community water projects.

"This will be done by shifting focus from large dams to household and community water projects, with emphasis on harvesting and recycling," the manifesto states.

The launch of this manifesto was presided over by Ruto.

The DP said in areas where large water reservoirs are viable, his administration will adopt the public-private partnership (PPP) to fund the projects using IPP model.

"Using modern technologies on desalination, develop Turkana aquifers using PPP model has potential to irrigate one million acres of land," Ruto said.

The DP said they will also deploy climate-smart agriculture technologies comprising micro-irrigation, precision irrigation, and hydro and aquaponic technologies to achieve maximum value for money.