Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has ordered re-connection of water in 16 public primary schools. Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company in the last five months disconnected water supply in the schools for failing to pay supply bills amounting to Sh4 million.
The hardest hit are institutions that fall under the defunct Nairobi City Council, now Nairobi City County government. “The county government will undertake to clear the outstanding bills as we seek remedy with the Ministry of Education,” assured Kidero.
Speaking to the affected head teachers at City Hall, Kidero said the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution vests the responsibility of providing schools with water on the National government, alongside free education services.
According to NCWSC board chairman Raphael Nzomo, the biting water shortage in the city coupled with the ongoing rationing programme has not spared public schools and health facilities.
Although the mandate of the firm is to supply water and provide sewerage services to the residents of Nairobi City County, outstanding arrears were bogging the firm down.
Kidero also took issue with Education Cabinet ssecretary Fred Matiang’i for failing to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that would have seen the county government supplement fund for maintenance of learning institutions.