Mismanagement, privatization, major causes of water shortage in Kajiado- Report

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A Survey conducted by Kajiado County Government on water resources indicates that mismanagement, privatization of natural water sources and misuse of the available water are the major causes of water shortage in the vast semi arid area.

The report further indicated that mismanagement of water providers’ entities has resulted to massive corruption, unskilled personnel, huge salaries eventually making the entities unable to run maintenance work and pay their bills running into millions of shillings.

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The County Government of Kajiado is seeking ways to end the incessant water crisis in the vast area.

In a survey conducted by the County Government it was found out that escalating water wars have emerged as some individuals and companies claim ownership of natural water sources and that a few individuals are utilizing the water for irrigation to the chagrin of suffering residents.

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The results of mismanagement and placing the water resource on the hands of private companies have been blamed for the worsening water crisis in the area.

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For instance, the populous Kitengela town has been singled out as the most affected with providers hiking water prices at will.

Residents depend on EPZA water which is rationed and water bourses from Nairobi which sell a 20 litres jerrycan of fresh water going up 70 shillings.

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Area governor Joseph Ole Lenku says the water crisis is dare and a shame.

Ole Lenku is warning individuals and cartels micromanaging water sources saying the government is the owner and regulator of natural water sources and selfish individuals will no longer be tolerated.

He directed all water bodies be under Kajiado water and Sanitation Company to help speed up the water shortage crisis that is getting out of hand.

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