Confusion is rife within Mombasa after county executives, deemed to be responsible for the city’s planning, drainage and environment, distanced themselves from the current status of poor drainage and floods, each saying it was not in their docket.
Planning secretary Francis Thoya, who spoke to Baraka FM on phone, said his department was only concerned with receiving construction plans and protecting areas where projects are to be implemented, but not drainage.
“If it is about the drainage system, that is done by the department of transport and infrastructure, then the department of environment is supposed to deal with the issues of sewerage and storm water,” said Thoya.
“If people have decided to put up buildings on water channels, then there’s very little we can do.”
Water and environment executive secretary Fatma Awale also said her department was not involved and added that people who had erected buildings along water channels had done so long before the county government came in to existence.
“It’s not directly related to me, but as a county we all need to take equal responsibility,” Awale, told Baraka FM.
She said the county was currently engaging youth to dig up flooded areas so that water could flow, as they awaited for what she described as a bigger alternative.
Meanwhile residents in sections of the county continued counting their losses following heavy rains that flooded neighbourhoods and led to collapse of buildings.
In Tudor’s Muhoroto slums, several houses collapsed last night, leaving families homeless.
“The foundation had been eaten away gradually by water, so at around 3am, we heard walls collapsing and had to run out. Many houses have collapsed around here,” a victim who identified herself as Catherine, told Baraka FM in Muhoroto.
Kisauni is also among areas worst hit by the floods.
Residents are asking the county government to fix the city’s drainage system, saying flooding also posed the danger of water-borne diseases, especially to children.