Governors call for restructuring of water Companies

Written By: Kevin Wachira

The Council of Governors now claims that protracted wrangles with institutions that were under the management of the defunct local authorities are delaying key projects.

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Speaking during a meeting with water sector trust fund, the governors insisted on consolidating various water agencies in their respective counties to achieve economies of scale.

The claim comes in the wake of numerous legal tussles between county governments and water companies inherited from the defunct local authorities.

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A section of County Governors met with the water sector trust fund over management of the resource, maintaining there is need to restructure agencies responsible for delivering the water services.

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According to Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki, the battles pitting water companies and governors on their management were stalling development.

The water sector trust fund is sponsoring water projects amounting to 120 Million shillings in Tharaka Nithi County, but the success of the projects heavily relies on coordination of various water companies in the county.

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Governor Njuki’s sentiments were echoed by his Narok counterpart Samuel Tunai who said that they were implementing water projects without delay as they had managed to work together with the local company.

The desire to focus on improving water services was also expressed by Laikipia governor Ndiritu Murithi.

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According to Water Sector Trust Fund CEO Ismail Shaiye, six counties have benefited from water projects funded by Swedish and Finish governments.

Meanwhile, Kirinyaga County Government has signed an MOU with the Kenya Red Cross for the supply of Ambulances for use in all its five major hospitals.

Speaking at Kimbimbi hospital during the launch of Linda Mama program, Governor Ann Waiguru said the ambulances would enhance maternal services in the county.





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