tharaka nithi governorThe Tharaka-Nithi County government has moved to quell reports that it spent millions of shillings in a project to restock rivers with fish.

County Agriculture and Fisheries Chief Officer Lucy Karimi said they had spent only Sh400,000 on the project.

She defended the project as viable and beneficial to residents amid criticism from Tharaka-Nithi County Senator Kithure Kindiki.

“This project is very viable and has many benefits to locals,” said Ms Karimi as quoted by Daily Nation.

She noted that the project was in line with the Marine and Fisheries Research Institute recommendations and was not only being implemented in Tharaka-Nithi.

Director of Fisheries Stephen Gichunge also rubbished claims by Prof Kindiki that the fish will swim upstream to other counties.

“The tilapia fish which we are restocking can only swim upwards up to about one kilometre in its life time and will be within the county,” said Mr Gichunge.

The Senator also criticised the county government for buying snakes from the youth with the aim of starting a park.

Source: Daily Nation