The National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) has distributed over 500 water tanks to various women groups in Machakos in the second phase of the water tanks distribution.
Speaking Wednesday during an issuance ceremony held at the Saint James Primary School in Ekalakala Masinga where 69 tanks were distributed, Machakos Women Representative Joyce Kamene reiterated that her office is committed to dealing with the perennial water problem in the arid county of Machakos in a most decisive and sustainable way.
“We want to hasten the distribution of these water tanks to the various women groups ahead of the rainy season so that they may be of help to the recipients,” said Kamene.
“Nevertheless, it would not be possible to issue them at once since applications were done at different dates and therefore we shall give priority to those who had made their applications earlier on,” added Kamene.
The exercise kicked off in Mavoko sub-county on July 3, 2020 and was rolled out in all the other sub-counties of Machakos town, Mwala, Kathiani, Kangundo, Tala and Yatta with the last stop expected to be conducted in Matungulu next week.
Last month, over 70 women from various Community Based Organisations in Mwala sub County benefitted from the NGAAF water tanks.
Speaking during the ceremony to flag off distribution of the tanks at Masii playgrounds, Mwala sub-county, Kamene said the project would go on until all those who had applied for the tanks are supplied.
The legislator pointed out that while the government would have wished to supply all the tanks at a go, it would not have been possible since many had made their applications late.
She similarly said the tanks would only benefit those registered in the various self-help groups since it was easier to reach organized entities and urged those who had not joined such welfare groups to do so.
During the first phase that was launched at Machakos Golf club in October last year, NGAAF distributed 741 water tanks to different Community Based Organizations (CBO) in various regions within the county.
The 10, 000, 5, 000 and 2, 500 litres water tanks were distributed at a subsidized cost of Sh 48,000, 20, 000 and 12, 000 respectively.
By Rachael Kilonzo