By Ernest Ndunda
During a press conference, Mombasa County Water Vendors Association officials said they would not be cowed by the company’s claims that they (vendors) were to blame for shortage of the commodity.
He said the association would be compelled by circumstances to move to court to ensure their rights were not violated.
He insisted the water company should accept liability for its employees who were involved in illegal water connections that have denied the company revenue.
Misappropriation of water
The company’s managing director, Moses Kinya had warned water vendors would not be spared as they had engaged in illegal business by colluding with a few members of staff to misappropriate water.
Kinya said the vendors were resisting changes, which he said were good for both water vendors and their consumers.
The MD explained that the company had moved to regulate distribution of water on receiving complaints that vendors were exploiting water consumers.
The vendors on their part said that they were stakeholders and section 107 of water Act 2002 clearly states that stakeholders’ views must be incorporated into the final tariff report regulating board for approval and gazettement.