Kwale, Taita Taveta governors agree on how to resolve row

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya. [Photo, File]

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya has said a long-standing boundary dispute between Kwale and Taita Taveta counties will be resolved after public participation.

Mvurya called for patience among residents of both counties, saying he had agreed with his Taita Taveta counterpart Granton Samboja to leave the matter to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Mvurya was addressing residents of Mackinnon at Chuphi Vocation Training Centre after opening a girls’ dormitory.

“I have agreed with my Taita Taveta counterpart to urge our people to maintain peace while the relevant Government agency looks into the matter. The dispute will be resolved after public participation,” he noted.

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He was accompanied by his deputy Fatuma Achani, Mackinnon MCA Tsuma Danda, Education Executive Mangale Chiforomodo and Lands Executive Saumu Mahaja.

During the function, Mvurya said he would send the Water executive to Mackinnon to resolve a water supply crisis blamed on Taita Taveta and Voi water supply company (Tavevo), which has an office in the area.

Earlier, Mr Danda had threatened to lead a demonstration to protest the erratic supply of water following frequent disconnections.

The MCA also said the open quarries in the area, which were excavated during construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), were dangerous, citing a recent incident where a schoolboy downed in one of them.

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