Garissa residents appeal for government intervention over biting water shortage

Wednesday March 16 2016

Resident of Masalani in Garissa County in a

Resident of Masalani in Garissa County in a recent protest over water shortage. Locals have appealed to the national government to intervene saying the county government had failed to offer a solution to the perennial water problem. PHOTO | ABDIMALIK HAJIR | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Garissa residents have appealed to the national government to quickly intervene over biting water shortage that has hit the town over the past couple of months saying the county government has failed to resolve the matter.

They said that despite paying for water every month, the local water authority had turned a blind eye on them.

They added that even after making several attempts to get the attention of the governor and the management of the Garissa Water Sewerage and Company (Gawasco) by protesting numerous times their efforts were yet to bear fruit.

Schools have also been affected as most of them are forced to send their students home for lunch as they do not have water to cook food for the learners.

"We are faced with extreme difficulties in getting water. It was even better before because these days taps remain dry while the county government remains silent on our predicament," Mrs Halima Hussein told the Nation Wednesday in Garissa Town.


She appealed to Water Cabinet Minister Eugene Wamalwa to intervene.

Mrs Hussein said that women, children and the elderly are the most affected with many children having abandoned school and instead accompany their mothers to fetch the precious commodity.

"Our biggest problem is water; imagine waking up to look for water for domestic use, we have children who will be going to school, we need to prepare their breakfast, wash their uniform and use water for everything," she added.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale recently threatened to petition Parliament to stop funding the Garissa County administration for failure to provide basic necessities terming as a let-down to devolution.

Mr Duale, who is also Garissa Township MP, said it was unfortunate that the biggest river passes within Garissa but the county administration has failed to utilise it to provide locals with water.