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Chaotic Scenes on Mombasa Road in Emali over Nol-Turesh Water Scarcity

A section of Mombasa road around Emali town was on Monday closed down by Makueni residents over Kajiado water.

The section of the road was barricaded with heavy stones, making it impossible for motorists to travel through to Mombasa or Nairobi.

Mashuuru Deputy County Commissioner, Stephen Nyakundi arrived at the chaotic scene at 11am but, along with the police was not able to restore order on the road.

READ: https://kajiado.co.ke/2018/06/14/nol-turesh-water-company-boss-resigns-haste-corruption-allegations/

As at 4.30pm, Nyakundi called the Star to announce that vehicles travelling to Mombasa had been allowed by residents to travel.

Nyakundi said the residents vowed to demobilize road operation between Nairobi and Mombasa on the section of the road until governor Joseph Lenku of Kajiado releases Nol-Turesh water from Kilimanjaro to Makueni.

In March this year, Lenku declared that water supplied to Makueni and Machakos counties by Nol-Turesh Water Company shall cease until all parts of Kajiado get sufficient of it.

After Lenku’s statement neither governor Alfred Mutua (Machakos) nor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana of Makueni reacted to the statement, but their allies said the two were planning to meet Kajiado governor to solve the impasse.

READ: https://kajiado.co.ke/2018/06/22/educationist-saoina-claims-outgoing-nol-turesh-boss-victim-clan-profiling/

None of the three governors were available for comment after residents of Makueni displayed their anger on the motorists along Mombasa road.

Kajiado’s water CECM, Florence Waiganjo, could also not be reached as her phone was bust the entire afternoon.

Trouble just occurred less than two months after Nol-Turesh Water Company CEO, Jeremy Mutende, resigned citing internal and external pressure on his job.

Earlier on Lenku had ordered Mutende, a resident of Kajiado, to ensure the region gets sufficient water before diverting the same to other regions.

READ: https://kajiado.co.ke/2018/06/15/senator-mary-lead-years-day-african-child-fete-entaratoi-emali/

Travelers by road to both Nairobi and Mombasa complained of wasting valuable time on matters that do not affect them.

More than 2,000 residents of Makueni are said to have overpowered the few officers in Emali when they all went to the road with stones each.

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