WAJIR—Residents of the border town of Diif have a reason to smile after the area Member of Parliament, Prof Mohamud Oomar facilitated a permanent solution to the perrenial water shortage in the area.
While announcing the news, Oomar said the problem of water will be a thing of the past.
“Alhamdullillah. Diif finally gets permanent water relief,” the MP said on a post to his Facebook page.
He continued: “Diif was established in 1952 as a colonial rural border settlement, thus about seventy years of suffering due to perenial water shortage. Alhamdullillah it is now over after we have completed the pipping of fresh water from Qarurah borehole 18 Kms away.”
Despite efforts by successive legislators, governmental and non-governmental orgernisations, Diif has remained water-starved. Oomar said the completion of successful project was a proud moment for him.
“By the help of Allah, this is another major and historical milestone achieved during my tenure. A legacy I am truly elated by!” He noted.
When drought hits, water pans and dams in most areas dry up, it results in over-concentration of livestock and humans on major water sources such as boreholes, leading to the frequent breakdowns. Experts say climate change has amplified the existing stress on the availability of water. Wajir South is the largest subcounty with the highest number of boreholes and settlements.
At the same day, Oomar also announced another good news for the people of Akhtalahel, a location bordering the refugee camps, who had a challenge of reliable communication facility.
“Alhamdullah, at last telecommunication mast at Akhtalahel ready and done. Another milestone and a great gain during my tenure,” the legislator announced.
Prof Oomar, who’s vying on a Jubilee party ticket, was late last month endorsed by his Mohamed Zubeer clan to defend his seat.