Leadership wrangles rock Murang’a water firm

Leadership wrangles rock Murang’a water firm

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Stakeholders of a Murang’a water company have asked the county leadership to stop creating confusion and disturbance in the water sector.
Kahuti Water Company located in Kangema members said the county administration should support all local water companies to deliver better services to residents instead of fighting management of the water firms.
This came after the company went on to hold its annual general meeting contrary to the intention of the county government which termed the meeting as illegal.
At the meeting held at Kangema, members of the company’s board said they were operating legally and thus their meeting was legal.
Led by Francis Njuguna from Kanyenyaini Tea Factory, they warned politicians to stop sabotaging water companies.
In a recent advertisement, county water and irrigation executive member Paul Macharia declared the proposed AGM illegal as Water Service Regulatory Board indicated the meeting was prepared in accordance with water law.
There was tight security at the venue following fears that it could be disrupted, after the county government declared the forum illegal.
Despite the conflict with the county government, the water company got a clean bill from the office of the Auditor General on utilisation of public funds.

Daniel Ng’ang’a

The auditor in his report read to stakeholders indicated that nothing had been brought to his attention to believe that public funds had been misappropriated.
Chairing the meeting, the company’s managing director Ephantus Kamau said government has pumped in millions of shillings to facilitate supply of water to all parts of Kahuro and Kangema constituencies.
“Ministry of Water and Sanitation has established multimillion shillings projects to ensure the residents have access to water. The water projects will be implemented through the local water firms,” said Kamau.
Chairman of Water Service Providers Association Daniel Ng’ang’a said the water boards in Murang’a are working within the law.
Ng’ang’a who is also managing director of Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company said they are in the office legally and should continue supplying clean water to their customers within the county.
“The sector is guided by Water Act of 2016 among several others to ensure Kenyans continue having access to clean water,” said Ng’ang’a.