The Star (Nairobi)

9 July 2014

Kenya: Tanathi Water Boss Grilled Over Kajiado Borehole

TANATHI Water Service Board CEO Nicholas Muthui was grilled for close to two hours by leaders from Kajiado county over a stalled water project.

Governor David Nkedianye, Kajiado Central MP Joseph Nkaissery and Senator Peter Mositet asked Muthui to explain why the Sh65 million borehole project, initiated in 2012 in Olosuyan area of Ildamat stalled.

The project was commissioned by the then Water Minister Charity Ngilu. It was meant to supply 600 cubic metres of water to Kajiado town and its environs per day.

Muthui said his office had contracted a private contractor, who did not install two more sectional valves to a main pipeline to Kajiado town because they were not included in the initial contract.

Mositet asked why Muthui did not personally supervise the project or make recommendations on the way forward to relevant authorities to that effect.

"What is your work as the CEO of Tanathi if you cannot supervise a project of such magnitude? The people of Kajiado town have never seen fresh water since independence and here you are relaxed and wishing this project away?" Mositet said.

Muthui said the project is almost complete and that he had sourced for the sectional valves and electricity to be connected to the borehole.

"We have done everything possible to ensure this project is complete by August 1," he said.

Kajiado town, unlike other major towns in the county, does not have piped water and residents depend on water vendors.

There have been claims that the vendors have colluded with some officials of the Tanathi Water Service Board to purposely stall the borehole project for personal financial gains.

A 20-litre jerrycan of fresh water sells at Sh60 in Kajiado town while the same amount of salty water sells at Sh40. Residents have also accused some cartels of collaborating with the local water board to frustrate the project.

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