Residents of Murang’a town and its environs on Monday woke up to find water supply has been disconnected without any notice.
The water disconnection is attributed to wars between a local water company which serves the area and the county government.
Scores of residents decried abrupt disconnection of water accusing Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company (MUWASCO) of intentionally disrupting water supply without giving a notice to customers.
Anne Wairimu, a customer of Muwasco, narrated how lack of water has delayed preparations of her son who was supposed to report back to school.
Wairimu said the company should solve the differences with Murang’a county government without subjecting residents into suffering.
On Thursday last week, the county governor Mwangi wa Iria announced that the county administration would take over management of all local water companies.
Mwangi had criticized management of the companies for operating with impunity and gross mismanagement of resources channeled to boost water connections to residents of the county.
Water companies were also accused of incurring huge debts without seeking authority to borrow from the county government.
Since last year, Muwasco and the county government have been in persistent disagreements after the devolved administration moved to lower water tariffs.
Some residents even alleged that the company was organizing for demonstration against the county government in Murang’a town.
Meanwhile, following complaints from residents, the governor has instructed the management of Muwasco to immediately reconnect residents with water which they disconnected illegally.
Mwangi said the residents have a right to access clean water and that he does not understand how a government entity would wake up one morning and disconnect water to all residents even for those who have paid their monthly dues.
The governor vowed that water reforms within Murang’a with the public interest would be implemented at whatever cost and he would not relent in his efforts of ensuring all residents got connections to clean water.
Two weeks ago, Mwangi appointed Prof. Joseph Kimura to head the board of Muwasco replacing Peter Munga who has served the institution for 16 years, a move that may have angered some of the managers.
Source: Kenya News Agency