Water operators in Mombasa cry foul over County harassment

Water operators in Mombasa cry foul over County harassment

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Mombasa residents queue for water FILE/PHOTO

Mombasa, KENYA: Water kiosk operators in Mombasa have protested an alleged move by the County government to shut down their business.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, disgruntled operators refuted claims by the county government that they have hiked prices of the commodity and instead blamed county executive for not consulting them.

Mombasa Water Kiosk Association chairperson Ben Ndege claimed that out of over 800 operating kiosks 50 had already been disconnected by county officers on ground that they are overcharging the residents.

‘’Our members have never in any occasion raised the price water in any part of Mombasa, let’s not accuse people without tangible reasons,’’ said Ndege.

The Association now wants Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho to stop county officials from harassing its members and instead resolve the matter in a diplomatic manner.

However, the county water officer is yet to comment on the same.

This comes barely two weeks after Joho warned that county government will close down all Water Kiosk in Mombasa that are taking more from the residents than they should.

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According to Joho, some kiosks had gone as far as taking between shillings 50-70 per pitcher despite being charged between shillings 2-5 by Mombasa Water Company.