After taking action to regulate the flow of water from Masinga Dam, which has been the subject of a disagreement between Machakos and Kitui counties, Machakos governor Wavinya Ndeti is eager for a water fight. Tanathi Water Works Development Authority is in charge of managing the water resource.
Residents and government officials in Machakos allege that Kitui Water and Sanitation Company (Kituwasco), the organization responsible for processing and distributing water from Masinga Dam, has unfairly distributed water and is to blame for mechanical failures on the Machakos County side of the dam. However, the managing director of the Tanathi Water Works Development Authority, Fredrick Muamati, laughed at the threats made by the county executive.
He also criticized politicians for using a political perspective to view the difficulties in water distribution. The Water Act states that the national government is in charge of managing water resources to ensure that everyone has access to water as a fundamental right. However, county governments are in charge of water distribution, he said.
Mr. Muamati defended Kituwasco even though he acknowledged that the distribution of water from Masinga Dam has not been consistent lately due to the drought. "I am aware that water has been rationed between the counties of Kitui and Machakos by Kituwasco. Lack of maintenance on the water infrastructure has exacerbated the issue we are currently facing. However, repairs are being made right now, he said in an interview with the Nation.
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