The scandal of Ndakaini dam, full of water while taps in Nairobi remain dry

Ndakaini Dam

According to civil rights activist Okiya Omutata, the time has come for Kenyans to take the bull by the horns and say “enough is enough”! Mr Omutata says that he would soon move to court to challenge the corporation for openly lying to Kenyans while serving the interests of private water vendors

By The Weekly Vision Online

According to the National Water and Sewerage Corporation, the Ndakaini dam in Muranga County, a water source to most homes in Nairobi is bursting with water! Ndakaini dam can supply residents of Nairobi with the essential commodity for three months even if it does not rain!

But angry city residents have dismissed the National Water and Sewerage Corporation, they are angry at buying water daily from vendors who move around the city with water browsers. City residents have challenged the CEO to stop playing with their intelligence and supply them with water! 

City residents and lobbyists accused the CEO and some of his managers of being on the payroll of multi-million-shilling private water vending cartels. The cartels have been doing roaring business selling water around the city even when the rains have pounded the city for weeks! Several times the dams have burst their banks but still water taps have remained dry!

Many have contrasted the water situation with Kenya Power and Lighting Company in the 1990s when the then long-serving CEO Samuel Gichuru “drained dams” to create a market for expensive private power generators!

According to civil rights activist Okiya Omutata, the time has come for Kenyans to take the bull by the horns and say “enough is enough”! Mr Omutata says that he would soon move to court to challenge the corporation for openly lying to Kenyans while serving the interests of private water vendors.

“The high cost of living has been made worse by the acute water shortage in the city,” said Omutata who wondered how the dam water remains full while city taps are dry!

Even within Nairobi CBD, a spot check by The Weekly Vision Online established that most high-end hotels, restaurants, bars, and offices rely on private water trucks. “Yet here are water managers claiming they have enough water for three months even if it doesn’t rain! When has this water ever been available?”

Many have contrasted the water situation with Kenya Power and Lighting Company in the 1990s when the then long-serving CEO Samuel Gichuru “drained dams” to create a market for expensive private power generators! Despite the dams overflowing with water, there was a constant power blackout in Nairobi and its environs that was “artificially created” to force people into buying generators! 

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