Senate summons Murang’a Governor over Ndakaini water standoff

Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has been summoned to appear before the Senate’s Lands Committee to shed light on the on-going water impasse between Murang’a and Nairobi counties.

Wa Iria who failed to appear before the Senate on Tuesday wants Murang’a County to be paid 25% of revenue raised from the sale of water to Nairobi County.

Governor Mwangi Wa Iria appears to be on a war path with everyone opposed to his push to have Murang’a County benefit from the sale of Ndakaini dam waters.

The governor wants Nairobi County to surrender 25% of total revenue raised from the sale of the resource. It is a spat that has ignited a war of words between him and Governor Mike Sonko.

While weighing in on the matter, President Uhuru Kenyatta warned leaders against politicizing Ndakaini water, hugely stacking odds against Wa Iria’s push for the sharing of revenue from the sale of the water.

Tuesday’s failure to appear before the Senate over the matter saw Senators accuse the governor of arrogance and disrespect.

Wa Iria has now been summoned to appear before the lawmakers on 30th October.  Tuesday’s summon by the Senate is not a first for Governor Wa Iria who has in the past been accused by Senators of engaging in a back and forth over audit queries in Murang’a County.

The Governor has already said he will push for a referendum to provide for frameworks on how resources can be shared between the national government and the counties.

  

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