- Water, Energy and Agroforestry Committee said the bill is inconsistent with existing laws, and that the public had rejected it completely.
The proposed Murang'a County Water and Sanitation Bill, 2018 went through a stormy second reading, with claims and counter-claims of bribery, blackmail and sycophancy among members of County Assemblies (MCAs).
The bill seeks to give the governor control of the management of water companies, including appointing its directors.
When the Water, Energy and Agroforestry Committee tabled the bill for the reading, they said it is inconsistent with existing laws, and that the public had rejected it completely.
The committee sought to have the bill deferred to allow the executive to amend the “contradictory” clauses and also allow public participation in areas where this was not done time to scrutinise the bill.
“In Maragua and Kangema sub-counties, there was no public participation since the residents claimed they do not read newspapers, where the advertisement was placed, and since some sections contradict existing laws like the Water Act 2016 and the Public Management Finance Management Act, the second reading should be halted to enable the county to amend the clauses,” committee chair Jane Muigai said.
Immediately after her request, the committee's supporters and opposers started exchanging harsh words.