Wangari Njuguna @PeopleDailyKe
Gatanga MP Joseph Nduati has threatened to mobilize residents to oppose the commissioning of the multi-billion shilling Northern Water Collector Tunnel over alleged unfair distribution of the commodity.
He accused the National government of reneging on its promise to ensure Murang’a residents have access to clean water first before distribution to Nairobi.
“I visited the site and the tunnel is almost complete. Pipes meant to distribute water to Nairobi county have been fixed but what is shocking is that there is no connection made to supply locals with water,” said Nduati.
“This is very unfair and we are not going to let the project to start running until we are assured that our people shall be the first to benefit.” Saying the residents will not sit and watch as they are shortchanged, the lawmaker termed ironic that Nairobi residents get water sourced from Murang’a at the comfort of their taps, yet those in the county have to fetch the commodity from rivers and other sources.
“Also, water tariffs in Nairobi are lower compared to Murang’a despite the latter being the city’s major source of water”said the MP,adding that leaders from the county had held talks with Athi Water Services Board which is the trustee of the tunnel to have the locals get ample water in vain.
The Sh6.8 billion tunnel is set to collect flood waters from rivers Irati, Mathioya and Gikigie aimed at boosting water from Ndakaini Dam which sup- plies the capital.