Kajiado governor Joseph Lenku has said his county has for too long been plagued by water problems and the stench of garbage in major towns.
Governor Joseph Lenku and wife Edna with other dignitaries.
Major hit towns are Kitengela, Ongata Rongai and Ngong towns which ought to be having sewerage disposal system.
Lenku, who spoke during this year’s Jamhuri Day fete in Ngong on Wednesday, said water shortage and non-existence of sewerage disposal system is his utmost challenge.
“This is a challenge we must confront as county government. It cannot wait a day more before we deal with it. That is why I want today to speak frankly and directly about this menace,” said Lenku.
He said he appreciates that as opportunities abound in the county, so do challenges. Kajiado, he adds, serves Nairobi, which is the country’s capital, as its bedroom.
The governor lamented that Kajiado being backbone of Nairobi’s economic success and as such numberless workers in the city live and do business in the county has overstretched the region’s water resources.
“However, because of the ongoing efforts of my government, our urban centres are headed for a renewal after the county assembly approved the establishment of municipality boards in Kajiado and Ngong towns,” said Lenku.
He said the boards are mandated by the existing laws governing their establishment to seek resources from donor agencies locally and abroad.
The resources sought, he said, will finance capital projects on areas of infrastructure, water and sewerage systems.
The governor announced that the county government has increased its effort, particularly, in water supply after declaring sale of salty water illegal.
“This is primarily to protect our people’s health. My administration has already taken up the implementation of this directive and we have started to construct boreholes properly fitted with desalination facilities to increase the supply of fresh water for domestic use,” said the governor.
He added that the same will be done for public and livestock consumption and that the first of such boreholes is in Kitengela town.
Lenku reckoned that the venture of desalinating the county’s boreholes will require heavy capital investment and deployment beyond the county government’s fiscal capacity.
“As we desalinate our boreholes, I am extremely concerned with rampant. Not least the very reckless, disposal of waste and raw sewerage to public spaces, roads and walkways,” warned Lenku.
Some landlords in Kitengela, for many years, have been pumping raw sewer to walkways, roads and to open fields every time it rains in the area so as to cut cost of spiraling exhauster services in total disregard of environmental laws.
Members of public have often complained to public health authorities but no one has ever been arraigned in court.
The occasion was graced by elected leaders led by Kajiado North MP, Joseph Manje, MCAs, Kajiado County Commissioner, David Kipkemei and senior county officials.
The governor’s speech was read at all the Sub County headquarters in Loitokitok, Mashuuru, Kitengela and Kajiado county administrators.