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Margaret Kenyatta reiterates government’s commitment in water provision

The  First  Lady, Margaret Kenyatta and her Zimbabwean counterpart, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa cut the ribbon to commission the Kajuki  Water Treatment Plant in Tharaka Nithi County on Thursday November 15, 2018. Photo by Kenneth Marangu/KNA.

First  Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Thursday assured of the government’s commitment in providing clean drinking water.

She said lack of clean water was contributing to cases of school going children suffering from water borne diseases and consequently failing to attend lessons.

“Women and children were most affected due to lack of clean drinking water,” Mrs. Kenyatta said as she commissioned Kajuki  Water Treatment  plant in Tharaka Nithi County.

She  said the water project, funded by Rama Katha Nairobi Famine Relief Fund, would relieve at least 25, 000 locals from drinking dirty water that has been the main cause of frequent cases of cholera outbreak in the region.

Mrs. Kenyatta was accompanied by Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Amai Auxillia  Mnangagwa  who asked the locals to own up the project and take care of it so that they would continue benefiting.

“My home country has been facing similar challenges of water borne diseases and I have so far gained a wealth of experiences from my counterpart,” said Mrs. Mnangagwa.

The  Water and Sanitation Cabinet Secretary (CS), Simon Chelugui said the ministry aimed at increasing the universal water coverage from 60 percent to 80 percent by 2022.

Chelugui  said the country was facing a serious waste drainage problem in its major cities resulting to waterborne diseases due to lack of proper sewage system.

To ensure that the towns have proper sewer system, the CS said 28 towns in the country would soon benefit with modern sewage system, including Chuka and Chogoria towns in the county at a cost of Sh.1 billion each.

The  Tharaka Nithi Governor, Muthomi  Njuki said his government was doing everything possible to ensure that every household has access to clean drinking water.

He said clean water was very crucial in realization of universal health care, one of President Uhuru Kenyatta Big Four  Agenda.

“We are in the process of starting a Sh.200 million water project that will serve residents of Tharaka around River Tana,” Njuki said.

The  Kenya Red Cross Secretary General, Abbas Gullet said water, food security and health were key entry points for realization of universal health care.

By  Kenneth  Marangu

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