By Allan Wanjiku
Gatanga Parliamentary aspirant Wakili Edward Muriu has blamed Gatanga leadership over systemic leadership failure to give Constituents water despite Ndakaini dam being at the heart of Gatanga Constituency.
He further said it was unfortunate that after 57 years of independence, Gatanga Constituents still fetch water from dirty rivers and streams while water from Ndakaini dam is carted away and sold in Nairobi for billions of shillings.
Wakili Muriu faulted the leadership for failing to agitate and champion for the locals’ water rights a move which has exposed the residents fetching unsafe dirty water from rivers and streams.
Wakili Muriu, an ardent supporter of Deputy President William Ruto and the Secretary in charge of devolution and intergovernmental relations in the UDA party stated that his first duty in office as a member of parliament for Gatanga is to make sure that 25 percent of water from Ndakaini dam is distributed to the Gatanga Constituents for farming and domestic use.
“Over the years, our people have lived without water despite having it in plenty. In Turkana County oil is their pride, in Narok County wildlife is their pride, in Gatanga Constituency, water is a big shame,” the lawyer said.
He added that “common sense appears not to be common to everybody and that it is high time we trace our steps back..”
“This is uncomfortable reality that leadership over the years have avoided to address.” He said.
He vowed that if elected as MP for Gatanga Constituency in 2022 his first agenda is to fix the Ndakaini dam for benefit of Gatanga Constituency.
He said that, water supply to Gatanga Constituents for farming and domestic is one of the pillars of Bottoms up economic model which entails placing resources at disposal of the people at the bottom of the economic pyramid and empowering them to play a role in national development.
Nairobi County and its environs gets 84 per cent of water supply from Ndakaini dam and this is set to increase following the construction of Northern Water Collector Tunnel.
The philanthropist and Gatanga son, a commercial lawyer with over 27 years of practice has been giving back to the society where he has been engaged in empowering the members of the society through his pesa mfukoni initiative which includes market traders, Boda Boda riders, dairy farmers widows and orphans.