31 January 2013

Kenya: Garissa Residents Protest As Water Taps Run Dry

Hundreds of residents of Bulla Muzuri in Garissa yesterday took to the streets to protest lack of water in the settlement.

The residents, who mainly comprised women and children, accused the Garissa Water and Sewerage Company of doing nothing to address their problem.

"For how long will we continue suffering as if there is no government to assist us. We have not had water for three years and yet we keep receiving empty promises. We are tired and all we want is water," Hakima Noor said.

The demonstrators marched to the Gawasco offices where they staged a sit-in. They vowed not to go home until their grievances are addressed.

No official from the firm addressed them. When contacted by the Star, the company's PRO Omar Shurie promised to call.

Yesterday a dispensary in the area did not have water. Nurse in charge Fidelis Karemi said lack of water has made it "extremely difficult for them to work".

"We don't know who to approach to get assistance. Sometimes we end up endangering ourselves, especially when we are helping mothers deliver as there is no water to even wash our hands," she said.

"We have been encouraging patients to get water for their use".Schools in the area have been closed as students help their parents search for water from as far as 5kms.

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