Residents back firms in water row with Governor Wa Iria
SEE ALSO :Boinnet, Senate wrangle over IriaThey told Mr Mweri that Governor Mwangi wa Iria's administration had failed the health sector and that he should not be trusted with water issues. Efforts by Mweri to guide the meeting to order failed, as the public tore hard copies of the Bill. Kimwe said before the companies took over the service provision, residents had suffered as they were forced to use untreated water exposing them to waterborne diseases. “The county government should strengthen the water companies instead of taking over their management,” she said. Murathi on his part said the protracted wrangles between the county government and water companies can be traced to millions of shillings that the national government channels through them to fast track water distribution. Lawyer Kiroko Ndegwa said the draft policy before the county assembly was null and void. The lawyer said he would go to court if the county assembly passed it. “The national water policy has not been completed, how come Murang’a will be the first to formulate the Bill to have control of the five water companies,” he said, adding that replacing chairpersons of the water companies was unconstitutional. In the past five months, the governor has been on a war path with managements of the water companies that resisted attempts to place them under county public service board. Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui said in September that the World Bank withheld a Sh130 million loan to Muwasco following unending disputes with the county government.