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Shock of county that used Sh400k to restock rivers with fish

The Tharaka-Nithi county government has refuted claims that it spent millions of shillings to restock rivers with fish fingerlings.

Agriculture and Fisheries Chief Officer Lucy Karimi said the government used Sh400,000 only to buy fingerlings and put them in rivers.

She faulted Senator Kithure Kindiki for criticising the project, saying it has many benefits to the residents.

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 one kilometre in its lifetime, and it 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.