News Categories: Water

16 Oct
By: CGK 0

WATER ROW

Tanathi Water Services Company has marginalized the Maasai Community to the core, Governor Joseph Ole Lenku said today.

Governor Lenku told a high profile meeting on water matters attended by Water CS Simon Chelugui and his Devolution and ASALS counterpart CS Eugene Wamalwa at the Sarova Stanley Hotel in Nairobi.

“The level of injustice perpetuated by TANATHI Water Company and the management of Nolturesh Water Company has hurt Kajiado residents very much. We demand justice because even the Maasai Community has been chased away from the management of this water body,” said Governor Lenku.

In a heated debate that was beamed LIVE on mainstream TV stations, Governor Lenku braved the presence neighboring governors of Makueni and Machakos counties to lie bare how certain political forces segregated the Maasai Community yet Kajiado is the major source of water for the region.

“They even took Tanathi’s headquarters to Kitui. TANATHI was supposed to be headquartered at Sultan Hamud. Kajiado residents were to be appointed to technical positions but they have now been edged out. It can’t work like that,” Governor Lenku reiterated.

Governor Lenku re-affirmed his commitment to ensure Kajiado residents have a fair share of nolturesh as its main source, and said the officials who have corruptly misused in excess of ksh 200 Million should be arrested and prosecuted.

“People who have run down Nolturesh are walking free.  The problem with our water issues is Corruption, mismanagement, and marginalization. This must stop”, said Lenku.

The Governor said he is determined to help Kajiado residents’ access water and asked TANATHI to consult the County Government when doing projects to avoid taking up useless projects. “Sometimes they pronounce some projects which look good on paper but they are not useful to the reality on the ground. Let them work with us so that the projects have value to the people,” said the Governor.

The high octane discussion on water elicited reaction from the stakeholders with Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana admitting Kajiado had gotten a raw deal.”We need to get a win-win situation because Kajiado has the water but most infrastructures are in Makueni. I agree Kajiado has not been treated fairly,” said Governor Kibwana.

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27 Sep
By: CGK 0

OLOONKAI WATER PROJECT

H.E the Governor had the pleasure of commissioning the Oloonkai water project that will be used by households within Sabato, Kenyawa Pooka ward. Beneficiaries of the water project include schools and churches around the area.

The women of the community in appreciating the project noted that their long journey using donkeys and their backs to carry water from long distances is now outdated.

The County Government will continue undertaking projects that have impact to the common mwananchi.

 

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31 Jul
By: Kajiado County 0

GOVERNOR LENKU DISSOLVES FOUR WATER COMPANIES, FORMS GIANT SERVICE PROVIDER.

Governor Joseph Ole Lenku has dissolved all the existing water service providers in the County and formed a giant outfit to replace them.
The dissolved water and sewerage companies are Oloolaiser in Kajiado North, Nolturesh/ Oloitokitok in Kajiado South, OlKejuado and Oldonyo Orok in Kajiado Central.
They will be replaced by the Kajiado Water and Sewerage Company Ltd which was incorporated this week. This means the stage is set to collapse the existing companies and leave the new company as the sole provider of water services in the County.
Governor Lenku has taken this move after the companies were found to be unsustainable with some experiencing staff go slows over non- payment of salaries while others were riddled with graft and loss of water revenue.
“It was untenable to achieve our desired water access goals with several small companies that have demonstrated inability to handle their operational costs. Some have chronic human resource challenges and they were unable to properly serve Kajiado residents,” Governor Lenku said.
He added, “We have realized a grave element of mismanagement with some having more than 70 per cent non-revenue water. This inefficiency has been costly to Kajiado County which has been declared a water scarcity County. We had to take drastic measures to salvage the water situation.,” he added.
The Governor has consequently announced a new board to manage the new company. Those named to the board are former Kenya Airways Managing Director Titus Naikuni, former Water Permanent Secretary Prof George Khorda, Florence Waigango, Charles Masangira, Catherine Mumbi Githinji, Agatha Solitei, Samson Kerea, Christine Sereya, and Stephen Karanja.
The formation of the new company leaves the limping Nolturesh-Loitokitok Water and Sewerage company headquartered at Sultan Hamud town and is jointly owned by Kajiado, Makueni and Machakos Counties in limbo. The company has been embroiled in a controversy over the water that is drawn from Mt Kilimanjaro but most of which is supplied to Makueni and Machakos counties.
By revamping the water sector in the County, Governor Lenku seeks to push water coverage in the County to 60 per cent down from the current 35 per cent.
Last month, Governor Lenku increased the water budget from an average of Sh 300 Million in previous years to Sh 570 Million, further demonstrating his keenness to improve provision of clean water in the county.

 

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02 Mar
By: Kajiado County 0

COMMISSIONING OF NGONG BOREHOLE

More than 2,300 pupils and students of Ngong Township Primary and Secondary Schools have finally got water on their taps. This comes after many years that the school has suffered from water shortage due to high population increase.

Speaking during the borehole commissioning the governor said, the borehole will not only serve the school but also community. He added noted the he is committed to provide water to all public institutions. “Our journey to ensure all our schools and the surrounding communities have water has already started. That is one of our ways to support education.” noted the governor (more…)

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19 Feb
By: Kajiado County 0

NOL-TURESH WATER FINALLY IN USAGE

The 668 students of Oloitokitok Boys High School will be the first major beneficiary of the reclaimed giant Nol-turesh water pipeline.

Governor Joseph Ole Lenku today visited the school and announced water will be pumped to the school beginning this week.

“In three or four days, at least 15,000 litres will be pumped to the school. That is their holding capacity at the moment,” said the Governor.

Accompanied by the Nol-Turesh water company Managing Director, Jeremy Mutende, Governor Lenku said the Water connection to the school will be fixed by Thursday.

The Governor promised water to the school during a courtesy call by the school’s Board of Management led by their chairman Charles Masangira last month.

The Nolturesh water pipeline draws its water from the nearby slopes but it by passes Loitokitok residents on its way to other neighbouring counties.

Apart from the water deal, Governor Lenku announced he had set aside Ksh 21million for the construction of an extra three-storey dormitory to ease congestion in the school after one more stream was added.

“We have gotten a No- Objection note from the ministry of Education. But we want to also ask the teacher to reach the 6.5mean score. This school can perform much better, “urged the Governor.

The new water supply will also cater for more than 100 households adjacent to the school.

H.E the Governor accompanied by the Nol-Turesh water company Managing Director, Jeremy Mutende and other county officials during a visit at the school.

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14 Feb
By: CGK 0

WATER SCARCITY

Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku hosted the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Devolution and ASAL who is also the outgoing CS for Water Hon. Eugene Wamalwa in his office.

The CS was on a tour of the county to commission various water projects, among them is the drilling of 50 boreholes that are being done in collaboration with the Government of Belgium and World bank to a tune of Ksh 1.2 billion. The boreholes will be of great help and will also be supplied to schools within the Kajiado County.

The water projects include;

  1. Olooloitikoshi dam water supply and sanitation project.
  2. Fast tracking Kiserian sewerage system being funded by the central government.

The Oloitokitok water and Sewerage Project involves construction of the following:

  • The Noolturesh Springs water works.
  • Construction of 11 km Water Supply Distribution System.
  • Construction of sewage treatment plant.
  • 15km sewer pipelines and construction of a number of sanitation blocks.

The project will improve the water supply and sanitation situation within Oloitokitok Town and its environs, targeting a total of 40,000 residents and beyond, this is extended to cost approximately ksh 1billion shillings and it’s expected to be over by Nov 2018. All this projects are aimed at solving the issue of acute water shortages in the county.

In addition, the CS noted that the government was responding to the drought situation. Towards that end he distributed food stuff and promised to upscale the relief aid given to the County.

H.E the Governor and Hon. CS Wamalwa commisioning a rural water supply project at Oloilale ,Kajiado Central

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