“Thirsty” residents take siege of Gitaru power station to demand for piped water
SEE ALSO :County to build underwater museumThe busy Mutuovare market, which is the main shopping centre in Kiambere ward, remained deserted as traders and dwellers closed shop and walked about 10km to the gate of the Gitaru station where police stopped them from storming the premises. Led by Kiambere MCA Lenny Mwaniki and his Mavuria colleague John Mbaka, the residents said water shortages had plagued the area for decades. They said despite living within the Seven Forks dams, whose reservoirs collect millions of litres of water, KenGen has not initiated adequate water projects for the local community under its corporate social responsibility programme. They claimed KenGen blocked the community's traditional water points during construction of the five dams - Masinga, Kamburu, Gitaru, Kindaruma and Kiambere - by diverting the water from the river to underground tunnels, leaving residents to fetch water from the crocodile-infested dams. The residents claimed the station's water outlets supplied clean piped water to Machakos and Kitui counties through the Kiambere-Mwingi and Masinga-Kitui water projects.