Arusha Times (Arusha)

8 December 2012

Tanzania: Katesh Police in Dire Need of Water

Police of Katesh in Hanang District have complained that they were in dire need of running water as the Katesh Water Supply Authority (KAWASA) has disconnected the supply due to an outstanding bill of Shs. 1.3 million.

Some of the police officers living at the police quarters have said that they were facing difficulties together with their families since, after the water supply was disconnected, they have to wake up at 04:00 a.m. in order to fetch water from faraway places.

"Most of the families are roaming in town in search of water. Some of the houses are en-suites, now how can we live in such houses without water? Who is supposed to foot the bill?" they questioned when speaking to this reporter on condition of anonymity

The KAWASA Manager, Mr. Jacob Luanda confirmed that water at the Police Quarters in Katesh has been disconnected to an outstanding bill.

"It is true that the Police have outstanding bill of Shs.1.2 million and we have informed them, but they kept silent. We decided to disconnect the water, but you can ask the District Police Commander, he can give you more information," he said.

Mr. Luanda said that previously, the Government had been paying the water bill for the Police Quarters, but for the last six months nothing had been remitted and that is why they have decided to disconnect the water.

"Out towns are small and the outstanding bill is large amount and it would have helped our operational costs. Recently, the Minister for Water and Irrigation, Professor Jumanne Maghembe had a tour in our Manyara Region and insisted that consumers should pay their bill," said Mr. Luanda.

The Regional Police Commander for Manyara Region, Mr. Akili Mpwapwa confirmed the water disconnection and he said that the issue is being dealt with so that the service could resume.

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