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Water firm director sent home amid office abuse probe

By KENAN MIRUKA | November 15th 2013


Kisii County: The managing director of the Gusii Water and Sanitation Company (GWASCO) has been sent on compulsory leave to allow for investigations into alleged mismanagement at the institution.

A board meeting attended by five out of the seven members resolved to send the MD, John Magoba, on compulsory leave amid growing concerns over alleged corruption and inefficiency.

Last week, water supply to Kisii town was disconnected over an outstanding power bill running into millions of shillings. Other stations like Ogembo are relying on gravity water supply.

Supply was later restored after Kisii County Governor James Ongwae intervened.

power disconnection

In a statement to the media, GWASCO’s deputy chairperson Ruth Bitange said the board was forced to crack the whip after the MD failed to address concerns regarding performance and alleged corrupt dealings.

“The board met following the disconnection of power last week and resolved to take action,” said Mrs Bitange.

Efforts by The Standard to reach Magoba were fruitless as phone calls went unanswered.

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