Laikipia county boss dismisses fence project graft claims

Laikipia governor Joshua Irungu has dismissed graft claims over construction of a Sh96.7 million fence around the Marmanet and Rumuruti forests.

The project was meant to end perennial cases of human-wildlife conflicts in Laikipia West, but questions were raised after it stalled a month after it commenced last year. Mr Irungu said that some of the money has not been spent.

“We have not even utilised half of the funds that had been set aside for the purpose. The project is still in progress and we are assuring residents that it will be completed by the end of the year,” said the governor.

Speaking in Nyahururu town, Mr Irungu accused local leaders of politicising the project.