Members of Murang’a County Assembly have vowed to formulate a water bill which will demand part of revenue realized from water supplied to Nairobi County.
In a press conference on Wednesday, the MCAs said they will not be cowed in formulating the bill which will demand for about 25 percent of revenue generated from water supplied in Nairobi.
The assembly’s sentiments come a day after Water Cabinet Secretary Mr. Simon Chelugui said the push to demand water revenue from Nairobi is criminal.
On Tuesday Chelugui while appearing before Senate committee on lands and natural resources attributed current water wars in Murang’a to political incitement and personal differences between Murang’a governor Mwangiwa Iria and chairmen of local water companies.
The MCAs led by the assembly majority leader Erick Kaman defaulted Chelugui for trying to block the quest for revenue from water supplied to Nairobi.
He said the CS while appearing before the Senate committee dwelt only on one water companies without talking of other water companies which operate in Murang’a County.
The MCA said some individuals are trying to block plans to formulate water bill citing recent incident when MCAs were denied opportunity to have a public participation at Ndakaini dam.
“As the assembly, we will embark on conducting public participation to collect views from our people before we formulate the bill,” added Kamande.
He continued; “we will go on with the process of formulating the bill based on constitution and if anyone will not be satisfied, they can challenge the law before court.”
The assembly majority leader said the law will give outlines how the county will get the proposed percentage saying a board will be established to manage the revenue paid to the county by Nairobi County.
“The senate committee should come on the ground and seek views from Murang’a people and leaders. I wonder why the water CS dealt only with matters of one water company leaving the rest,” he posed.
In Murang’a, he added there are five water companies but the water CS opted to deal with matters affecting Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company (Muwasco).