Former Kenya Airways CEO Titus Naikuni who was recently appointed by Governor Joseph Lenku to lead the newly created water company has declined the job.
Naikuni cited his busy schedule as an impediment and told Lenku, in a letter, he has declined his appointment.
“I have no other reason to reject the appointment but my busy schedule cannot allow me to effectively work for the county,” Naikuni said late Wednesday.
Lenku, late last year, collapsed the four existing county water service companies and announced the establishment of Kajiado Water and Sewerage Company which he tasked with improving water access in the county from 30 percent to 65 percent within four years.
The collapsed agencies’ operations were said to be riddled with cases of corruption and mismanagement which negatively impacted service delivery.
“The county has had four water and sewerage companies; these are Oloolaiser, Olkejuado, Oldonyo Orok and Nol-Turesh /Loitokitok. The companies have had a myriad of challenges that include massive water pilferage and lack of reliability. In fact, one of them has more than 70 per cent of its water not paid for over the years, ”Lenku had said.
He went on; “As a county, we have, therefore, arrived at the conclusion that these water companies are not sustainable and cannot, in the prevailing situation, be relied on to raise the water access to our desired 60 per cent in the next four years.”
Lenku had noted that Kajiado residents are losing several productive hours searching for water, asserting the need for the new body to put impactful measures in place.
He explained that by having a central body, matters of funding and governance could be handled more effectively.
The team, which was supposed to be led by Naikuni, was mandated to identify new water sources in the county and figure out how to harness them to bridge the existing water deficit.
It was also be expected to network and fundraise from development partners, upgrades existing water systems and deploys new technologies to improve the tapping and utilization of water resources.
A mechanical engineer by profession, Naikuni also chairs the board of the Rift Valley Railways (RVR) Consortium.