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Deputy Governor Lucy Mulili on Friday hosted the Nairobi Rivers Commission (NRC) led by chairperson Dr. Pamela Olet for a discussion on joint efforts to safeguard Nairobi river basin water resources against pollution.

Mulili affirmed the county government’s commitment to environmental sustainability while insisting on the importance of inter-county partnerships in tackling contamination of water sources especially through industrial effluents and untreated sewerage.

Makueni is among counties bearing the brunt of water contamination from the upstream of River Athi.

37 Water Projects Commissioned to Ease Water Access

The Department of Water and Sanitation on September 22, 2023 commissioned 37 complete water projects to bring quality potable water closer to the people.

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr dispatched his entire cabinet to commission the projects in all the six sub-counties, in a move aimed at reducing the distance residents walk to available water sources to less than two kms from their homes.

The commissioned projects are among 54 completed within the first year of Governor Mutula’s administration in 2022-2023 Financial Year.

Thousands to benefit from Mwania water project

More than 5 villages, 3 public primary schools of Kathaayoni, Kwa Nzula, Mwania primary and Mwania dispensary in Kitise, Makueni sub county will benefit following the construction of a water pipeline, new water kiosks, storage tanks and installation of water pumping system from Mwania borehole.
The project done in partnership between Makueni and Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH), a non governmental organisation for development and humanitarian aid is bound to advance the Governor’s agenda of ensuring water is brought closer to many households.

70,000M3 Kaiti sand dam targeting 1,200 rural and town households under construction

H.E Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr inspects kaiti sand dam at kwa kitungu, outskirts of Wote town where the County is engaging over 150 people daily in the construction works.
Once complete, the sand dam which has a
Capacity of 70,000 cubic meters, 3metres high and 85 metres long is expected to serve a rural capacity of 1200 Households and also Wote town residents.

Over 1,500 to benefit from Kisaulu water project

Kisaulu borehole in Lumu sub-location, Muani, Kasikeu ward, Kilome Sub-county which the County has developed a centralised reticulation system will be serving over 1,500 people, Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr has announced.
This phase 4 of the project will have enough water supplied to Kandolo area, and Lumu dispensary.
The locals will have water sold to them at sh. 3/20L Jerican which the residents proposed during the commissioning.

Water infrastructure vandals put on notice

Vandals of public properties have been put on notice following continued destruction of water projects in the County.
Speaking during development tour of Kasikeu, Kilome, Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr condemned incidents of destroying critical infrastructures noting that amounts to an economic crime and that whoever caught would be charged according to the law.
The Governor has since toured Chief Kiamba Earth Dam which will be getting desilted to increase the volume of water from 14,000 m3 to 40,000m3 targeting close to 20,000 people.

Governor Mutula inaugurates Water Board, warns Land cartels

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr on Thursday presided over the swearing-in of Makueni Rural Water Board members to manage all rural water schemes.
The board has been tasked with overseeing the running and management of all rural water service providers which are not managed by water companies.
Governor Mutula said good governance remains one of the biggest challenges to universal water access even where adequate water systems exist.
He said his administration is committed to ensuring all residents of Makueni have access to potable water not more than 2 kilometers from their homes.
Separately, the governor has pledged to crash all the cartels standing in the way of land ownership by making titling a difficult affair.
Speaking Thursday during the swearing-in of the Makueni County Physical and Land Use Liaison Committee, Governor Mutula said it is time to change how things are done to make validation of land ownership easy.
“Land cartels must fall! We can’t stick on the old ways of doing things while our people are suffering,” said the governor.
The functions of the committee include: Hearing and determining complaints and claims; Hearing appeals against decisions made by the planning authority; and advising the county executive on broad physical and Land Use planning policies.

Why Governor Mutula took another return of his development tour to Mtito-Andei.

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr has concluded his one-day intense development tour of Mtito-Andei ward that involved inspecting and commissioning of several projects that impact ordinary citizens with a promise of implementing more development projects that are effective, and to the needs of the locals in that area.
In the morning, the governor opened to the public a Community Information Center (CIC) and a County Technical Institute in Mtito Andei Town and also, through Faith Kenya Mission commissioned a water point that is housing a library in the township where residents as they fetch water can borrow general knowledge books-a path to eradicating illiteracy.
He also commissioned Kwa Diana Misuuni water pipeline that will serve at least 2,600 households drawn from Mitooni, Misuuni,Yindundu,Athi Makutano and songea villages within Kiteng’ei.
In the neighbouring Kyusyani area, accompanied by several partners, he commissioned both science and computer laboratories for Kyusyani Secondary School done through County partnership with Safaricom Foundation, Addax, Oryx and Savo Trust.
In the evening, H.E the governor commissioned Nzoila ECDE public centre which has been build and equipped by the County, a center that will offer conducive learning environment for 46 young learners.
Later, he inspected the Darajani Community Information Centre, attended a free medical camp where 183 residents were screened for various diseases, a camp organized by health department before addressing a public baraza.

Kwa Diana Misuuni water project commissioned

2,600 households drawn from Mitooni, Misuuni,Yindundu,Athi Makutano and songea villages within Kiteng’ei, Mtito-Andei ward will benefit greatly following the commissioning of Kwa Diana Misuuni water pipeline by H.E Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr.
The water will be sourced from 100 M3 water sump along Kambu River.
Water agenda is the Governor’s priority and he observes that he will ensure he walks his promise to the people.

Governor Mutula hosts President Ruto, roots for water and road infrastructure

Makueni Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr on Thursday hosted President William Samoei Ruto at the Konza Technopolis in Kilome sub county during the award of charter to Open University of Kenya.
Open Univeristy of Kenya will offer virtual learning in Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics, Bachelor of Science in Data Science, Bachelor of Science in Economics and Statistics among other courses.
The president accompanied by the governor among other senior government officials toured the Konza data centre and a water reclamation facility at the technopolis.
In his remarks, the governor petitioned the president to tarmac Emali-Ukia road saying the road will connect the lower Eastern to the Northern Frontier Counties.
Mutula Junior said the Namanga-Kajiado-Emali-Ukia-Garissa road is the only economic corridor in the region and would spur growth in Kajiado, Makueni,Machakos and Garissa counties.
He also called for the extension of the national fibre optic cable from the county commissioner’s office headquarters to other offices.
The governor also sought intervention of the president in the extension of the new proposed Nolturesh water line from Kajiado county through Konza to other parts of Makueni for the benefit of residents.