Changamwe, Kwale water woes to end as contractors are put on spot


Residents of Kwale County and Changamwe area in Mombasa county will soon not have to face water problems, As the two areas are among those that will benefit from the national government water projects.

Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Samuel Chelugui said that Changamwe and Kwale are among other areas in the country which will benefit from the government initiated projects which will be completed by 2022.

Chelugui was speaking on Thursday during the launch of a water project worth sh.2.1 billion which will benefit Trans-Nzoia residents.

He said that by 2022 the government’s policy is to increase access of water to Kenyans from 60 to 80 percent following the universal set threshold of 100 percent on access of water to citizens .

The CS said that the government is moving with speed to partner with county governments in order to increase the commodity of water by up scaling dams to help in harvesting water and avert catastrophes like floods.

Chelugui vehemently warned consultants in the water sector to uphold the quality of projects which will serve the public for decades insisting that the government will not allow shoddy projects.

He also urged contracts to desist from tendencies of extending the stipulated timelines of rendering services saying that the government too will not allow such tendencies as Kenyans need water services for their livelihoods.

“We will be monitoring projects and we will come there even without notice, we will be checking, we will be monitoring, we will be sending teams and we will demand reports that matches time and payment,” Chelugui said.

He also urged foreign investors to employ locals in areas where they are initiating projects in order to avert emerging differences between the locals and investors.