Tana Residents Opt for River After Water Project Collapse

The Tana Water Services Board has ordered an immediate audit of the cash strapped Riamiatu Water project in Kabare Ward, Kirinyaga County.

The order follows a confession by the management committee that it was unable to manage and maintain the facility due to a financial crisis.

Project Secretary Mag Mugambi admitted the project has no bank account while the money they have been collecting from the consumers cannot be accounted for.

The crisis he said started manifesting itself early this year when the management failed to pay its workers their monthly salaries, despite having over a population of 44,000 registered consumers who pay Sh 200 each per month.

”As at now, we cannot even afford to buy pipes to repair the many bursts along the main pipe line hence most of our consumers have been without water since January,” the official said.

The Board’s Chief Executive Officer Moses Naivasha said he has been receiving numerous complaints and cries from the consumers who have now been forced to fetch water from nearby rivers and streams.

”In order for my Board to be able to understand the magnitude of the problem the collapsed multi-million project is faced with , I have ordered for an urgent forensic audit ,” he said.

The consumers are also urging the County Government to come on board and assist them in convening a crisis meeting over the project.

They claimed that the Sh 40 million projects have been run down by the management committee led by its chairman Maricho Gathumbi after it took office in 2012.

”Before Maricho and his team took over the the project which became operational in 2007,from a team of technicians who were on secondment by the Tana Water Services Board, everything was running perfectly well ,” said Caroline Wanja, a consumer.

She blamed the committee on the crisis due to lack of the required technical and managerial skills and asked the team to resign honorably for running the project down.

Maricho did not answer our phone calls nor respond to text messages when contacted over the matter yesterday.

Source: Kenya News Agency