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Senate to probe former governor Nanok over ownership of water company


Former Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok has been invited by the Senate Investment Committee to shed light on the ownership of Lodwar Water and Sewerage Company.

Senators are probing why the water company partially owned by private entities is yet to fold up four years after a law was passed prohibiting operations of public-private owned water companies.

Nanok who is the Deputy Head of Public Service is on the spot for allegedly failing to dissolve Lodwar Water and Sewerage Company in 2019 as required by the law.

Additionally, the Senate watchdog committee wants the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to conduct a forensic audit of the company’s books.

The senate county public investment committee has also invited the current Governor Jeremiah Lomurukai to give information on the ownership status of the water company that has been operating unprocedurally since 2019.

The 2016 Water Act directed all counties to dissolve public-private owned water companies in three years.

But the Josephat Nanok administration never complied with the law and instead registered two other water companies.

The Committee now wants the county government to take over operations of the water company in accordance with the water act within 90 days and the ethics and anti-corruption commission commences investigations into its operations.

Reporting by Christine Muchira