Youth in Murang’a want water wrangles sorted

A section of youth in Murang’a County is calling on the county government and a local water company to immediately solve their wrangles, which have persisted since last month.

Led by Benson Muchai, they said the prolonged dispute between Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company (MUWASCO) and the county administration has left many residents in the region confused on whether to pay their water bills or not.

They now want an immediate solution to the impasse before customers can pay for the consumed water.

The youth said water is a devolved function and the local administration should come up with a platform on how to engage companies so as to ensure people don’t miss supply of the essential commodity.

Muchai said the governor has every right to fight for cheap water for Murang’a residents and it was upon the company to develop a harmonious working environment with the county administration.

Speaking on Friday, barely a day after the county government deployed some plumbers to restore water to customers whose meters had water been disconnected, the youth accused police of harassing those undertaking the assignment.

Police should not arrest the workers instead they should arrest the governor who sent them. We need sobriety in the water sector and police should not act partially when dealing with the situation, added Muchai.

Another youth, Thomas Mwangi accused MUWASCO of taking advantage of the controversy with the county government to inflate water bills to some customers.

Muchai echoed similar sentiments, saying in the recently posted water bills, a section of residents within Murang’a town received inflated costs which they could not afford.

I’ve seen more than 10 customers who received water bills of more than Sh.4, 000, whereas in the previous months they used to pay less than Sh.1, 000 per month. We demand an explanation from company over this anomaly, said the youth leader.

Meanwhile, the youth called the county government to disband boards of all the four water companies operating in the county.

They also called for free and fair elections to have proper representation in the boards, adding that some of the current members of the boards have overstayed in management.

Source: Kenya News Agency