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Senatorial candidate attributes water shortage in Nairobi to poor planning

Nairobi Wiper Senatorial candidate Rameshchandra Govind Gorasia has attributed the ongoing water shortage being experienced in different parts of the city  to lack of proper planning.

Gorasia said if elected on August 8, he will ensure the Nairobi County Government delivers services to all city residents especially on water which has remained a major challenge. “I hope Nairobi residents vote for me and I promise them that I will effect real tangible change in the city.

“Should I join the Senate, I will create  policies that favour business people, tame graft, and create a conducive environment for business owners,” he said.

The Taj Mall managing director  stated provision of of clean and safe water to all Nairobian is a fundamental right which leaders must aim to achieve. On the proposed privatization of Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, Gorasia said the deal need to be interrogated by all stakeholders.

“The proposal is better in terms of services but it will be expensive to the consumers,”he said on phone.

Gorasia whose  motto is ‘clean people, clean government, and brighter future,’ will battle it out with Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) nominee Edwin Sifuna, Jubilee Party’s Johnson Sakaja, Zacharia Momanyi (Republican Liberty Party), John Wamagata (Safina), Dennis Nthumbi (Agano Party) and 23-year-old Suzanne Silantoi, who is vying as an Independent candidate.

The Wiper candidate cites the 2016 Water Act which was passed by the 11th Parliament to align the water sector with the Constitution’s primary objective of devolution. “The act recognizes that water related functions are a shared responsibility between the national government and the county government,” he added.

The Act, he added, gives priority to use of abstracted water for domestic purposes over irrigation and other uses. He pledged to table a motion to digitalize services in the land office, county government and police department. City residents have suffered in the hands of politicians who fail to address problems facing them, he added.

Primarily, the 2010 constitution acknowledges access to clean and safe water as a basic human right and assigns the responsibility for water supply and sanitation service provision to 47 newly established counties.

Other key provisions in the Constitution that touch upon water include: affirmative action programs to ensure water for marginalized groups; the responsibility of the national government for management of the use of international waters and water resources and definition of national versus county public works.

He urged aspiring governors in the 47 counties to prioritize provision of clean and safe water if elected.

“I will be to  push for the enactment of the law to ensure that the 47 governors present annual reports in the August House detailing how their respective Counties were addressing provision of clean and safe water,” he pledged.

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