- Mr Iria accuses Water PS Joseph Irungu of encouraging the residents to dig boreholes instead of clamouring for water supply from the dam.
- He claimed the PS is angling for the Murang’a gubernatorial seat in 2022 and vowed to ensure he does not get it.
- Ndakaini dam provides more than 80 percent of the water used by Nairobi city residents.
Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria is threatening to go to court to force the government to allow the county’s residents access to water from the Ndakaini dam.
If he makes good his threat, he will exacerbate the wrangles over water resource development with Water Principal Secretary Joseph Irungu and leaders from Kiambu.
He accuses the PS of encouraging the residents to dig boreholes instead of clamouring for water supply from the dam.
“I’m going to court to stop these shenanigans,” the governor said.
The dam provides more than 80 percent of the water used by Nairobi city residents and Wa Iria has been pushing to have Murang’a people benefit from the resource.
“Denying us clean safe water from the Aberdares and then commissioning the drilling of boreholes in Murang’a is tantamount at laughing at us,” the governor said.
“Why do you want us to drink salty borehole water and give Nairobi fresh water?”
The governor quoted the 2016/17 audit report that showed that Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company loses 40 percent of the resource.
“Murang’a gives Nairobi water, then Nairobi loses half of it through fraud. Why can’t we keep the 40 percent they waste and give them the 60 percent they need?”
The Wa Iria-Irungu tussle has sucked in Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, who has defended the PS and accused the governor of being high-handed.
“I will talk to the governor to stop these battles with the PS,” Mr Kuria said at an event in Kigumo, Murang'a.
In his response, Mr Wa Iria accused the MP of elitism and told him to keep off the issue, because he is “one of the beneficiaries”.
“Whenever Kuria tours Murang’a, he comes with bottled water bought in Nairobi. That water is from Murang’a. He swims in swimming pools filled with Murang’a water. He should keep off water issues in Murang’a,” said the governor.