The water interference in Murang’a county appear far from over after an official of Murang’a municipal Council allegedly destroyed water infrastructure belonging to Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company (MUWASCO).
The county’s Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of Water Resources and Sanitation Services Benson Githinji is being accused of overseeing destruction of water pipes thus causing a 10-days disruption in supply to MUWASCO customers.
The company, has as a result has written to Githinji demanding him to pay damages amounting to KSh 50,000 per day for the entire period it lost revenue due to the 10-day service disruption.
Our correspondence established most pipes connecting residents to MUWASCO water in Kabuta area were severely vandalised on Saturday, March 16, in what brings to the fore the county’s constant fights for control of water resources.
The matter was reported to Murang’a Police station although no arrests have been made this far as investigations continue into Githinji’s possible destruction of public property.
“On March 16, you and your agents without any court order of right or justification dug up and maliciously destroyed water pipes at Kabuta in Murang’a town,” MUWASCO said in the letter addressed to Githinji.
Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria’s had previously publicly declared war against MUWASCO chairman Peter Munga. Photo: UGC
It is noteworthy to remember that Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria’s had previously publicly declared war against MUWASCO chairman Peter Munga.
The governor has been keen on removing him from the helm of the water company.
The situation got worse between August and October 2018 to the extent Wa Iria publicly incited residents against paying their water bills in an attempt to financially cripple MUWASCO
Wa Iria together with some MCAs and other county staff stormed MUWASCO offices and destroyed equipment while roughing up employees.