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Kindiki opposes Tharaka fish farming, fears fish will benefit other counties

Tharaka Nithi senator Kithure Kindiki has opposed his county government’s initiative to stock local rivers with fish fingerlings, saying the project is needless and will result in massive corruption and also benefit neighbouring counties

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 29 Jun 2016 18:32 EAT

Tharaka Nithi senator Kithure Kindiki has opposed his county government’s initiative to stock local rivers with fish fingerlings, saying the project is needless and will result in massive corruption.

The local county government is undertaking a project to stock the Kathita, Thanantu and Maara rivers with tilapia and other types of fingerlings in order to promote fish breeding. The current phase, which was launched last week, involves stocking each of the rivers with 10,000 fingerlings of fish.

Last Monday, the county executive for agriculture and fisheries Kenneth Mburia said at Marimanti that the county government aims to stock 10,000 tilapia fingerlings in every permanent river in Tharaka Nithi in order to promote food security and dietary diversification.

However, speaking at Kanthanje Secondary School in Chuka Igambang’ombe during a fundraiser last weekend, Kindiki said the project was “a waste of public funds.” He also said the fish being bred by the county would benefit other regions too as the fish swim up and down the rivers.

“How will auditors check out if rivers have been stocked with the fish? It will also be difficult for the county government to control fish from moving to other counties. If someone fishes in Meru County he will not care if that fish came from Tharaka Nithi,” Kindiki said.

Kindiki praised himself for the good work he said he had done as senator. Among his achievements, he said, was ensuring that allocation to the county government increased each year.

“The county was allocated Sh2.4 billion in the 2013/2014 financial year, Sh2.7 billion in 2014/2015, Sh3.1 billion 2015/2016 and Sh3.4 billion in the 2016/2017,” he said, and took credit for that.

However, allocation to all county governments have increased year-on-year since devolution was implemented in 2013. Allocation to county governments is a fraction of national government budget, which has also increased every year  since 2013.

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