Murang’a governor free to hold public meeting on water matters

A Court has dismissed a petition filed by Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company (Muwasco) seeking to block Governor Mwangi wa Iria from holding a public forum to discuss water tariffs.

Dismissing the case on Thursday, Principal Magistrate Walter Onchuru said the claims raised by the water company were not sufficient to bar the governor from holding the public meeting.

On July 5, Muwasco moved to court seeking an injunction to bar governor Wa Iria from holding a public rally purported to discuss matters concerning hiking of water tariffs.

In the petition, Muwsco through their counsel Agnes Nyawira argued that the meeting was meant to incite members of the public to destroy the company’s property.

Nyawira while presenting her application said the governor was politicizing matters of water and he should convene a stakeholders’ meeting to discuss water tariff.

Your honour, you cannot expect something substantial to come out from a political rally. When result can just be chaos, argued the counsel.

The county government lawyer Ng’ang’a Mbugua objecting the petition, said the governor would hold the meeting at Ihura stadium which belongs to the county government and no property would be destroyed as any public meeting is properly secured.

As the court proceeding was going on, the governor was meeting residents in Murang’a town where he accused the water company of levying exorbitant prices on water.

He challenged the company management to explain why the water tariffs in Muranga are too high.

Wa Iria alleged that money collected by the company is being used to finance campaigns of his opponent.

The chairman of Muwasco Peter Munga is exploiting the people of Murang’a to get money to support my opponent in his campaigns, alleged the governor.

The governor lauded the court ruling saying he is free to engage all water companies in the county and discuss better water charges.

People of Murang’a should get water at low cost considering the county is endowed with many permanent rivers. These hidden charges especially by Muwasco should be scrapped, added the governor.

Source: Kenya News Agency