Residents of Chawia Ward have appreciated H.E. Governor Granton Samboja’s administration for prioritising the water agenda, as some areas have been facing water shortages for as long as 10 years and more.
While Governor Samboja was commissioning the different water kiosks, for the Mwakimori Water Project, the County Boss heard of how the project would reduce the burden of people fetching water even as far as 16 km.
The County Boss expressed gratitude towards meaningful partnerships, as the mentioned initiative is as a result of collaborative efforts between the County Government of Taita Taveta, Tavevo and World Vision.
The project involved the laying of an 18km pipeline from Mwakimori Borehole to Sechu Tank to Chunga Unga reaching 5,000 people in different water points of Maribongonyi, Mwazoka, Mngama, Manyanga, Kwa Kele, and Chunga Unga villages.
The Mwazoka water point is fitted with a 70,000 litre tank to distribute to the other 5 water points.
Cluster Manager, World Vision Alfred Otungo, remarked that Governor Samboja’s administration created a conducive environment for the NGO to work with the County Government of Taita Taveta to raise living standards of the people.
Resident Valerie Msafari said that water is now cheaper because of the project, and that life is better as people do not have to walk long distances to fetch the precious commodity.
Project Chairman from Maribongonyi, Chrispine Mjomba, noted that the water can be used for domestic and agricultural purposes.
Nominated Member of County Assembly MCA Jackson Mwagharo noted how Governor Samboja’s administration has shown a sound development track record despite financial challenges amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
County Executive Committee Member CECM in charge of Water, Environment, Sanitation, Climate Change and Natural Resources Esther Mwanyumba said ensuring water distribution at the grassroots community level localises Sustainable Development Goal SDG 6 which advocates for clean water and sanitation for all.
The County Boss, who donated around 2,000 face-masks to the Chawia Ward people so that they could protect themselves from coronavirus, added that adequate water supply ensures high levels of hygiene and contains disease spread.
“ My leadership targets to leave no one behind, showing a passion towards reaching marginalised communities. I have ensured provision of water services, bettering children’s well-being through the ECDE feeding programme, expansion of road networks and health services among other activities to ensure sustainable development across the entire County, “ Governor reiterated.
The governor was accompanied by Chief of Staff Rachel Dawai, Gender Adviser Priscilla Mwangeka, County Chief Officer CCO Water, Environment, Sanitation, Climate Change and Natural Resources Rev. Silvanus Mwakoma, Chief of Protocol Amos Saleh, Mwatate Sub-County Administrator Ruel Mwawasi, Chawia Ward administrator Mercy Mwazo, Administrator Governor’s Office Loice Shali among other senior County officials.