Sakaja to Prioritize Water Connectivity if Elected Nairobi Governor » Capital News
NAIROBI, Kenya May 15 – The candidate for governor of Nairobi on a Kwanza Alliance of Kenya ticket, Johnson Sakaja, has said that expanding water connectivity in residential settlements in Nairobi will be one of the main pillars of his administration.
Sakaja said his government would devote enough resources to connect more homes to clean water, especially in the eastern part of Nairobi which has seen rapid growth over the past decades.
“We need to invest at least 3 billion shillings for the expansion of water pipes and sewers in the Eastlands. The rest of the areas are also in dire need of expansion of these services,” said Sakaja who, according to all opinion polls released so far, is in the lead over rival Polycarp Igathe.
He was speaking in Kayole today after attending a service at PCEA Kayole Parish. The service was also a licensing ceremony for James Mwaniki Njeru.
Access to clean running water has consistently been ranked among the top four needs of Nairobi residents. The other two are employment, cost of living and security.
Responsibility for the expansion of water infrastructure in the city has been given to the Athi Water Works Development Agency, formerly known as the Athi Water Board. The Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, which is 100% owned by the Nairobi County Government, is responsible for water distribution and billing.
Sakaja said that with the mandate of the people of the city, he will ensure that all government water agencies line up to address the lack of piped water plaguing many parts of Nairobi.
The senator said many Nairobians were happy with his plan for a school feeding program to provide free lunch to all children in public primary schools.
“I have already received immense positive feedback and we need to implement this commitment. There are many children who cannot concentrate in the classroom because they are learning on an empty stomach. The program will help in the retention of children in school and will ensure a higher transition rate to secondary school,” he said.
Last week, Vice President William Ruto accompanied Sakaja to Mukarara Primary School in Dagoretti South where an organization, Food 4 Education, has built a central kitchen, where food for 15 surrounding schools is prepared and distributed.
The DP approved Sakaja’s plan to expand the project to the rest of Nairobi using the already proven model. Under this scheme, parents pay 15 shillings and their children receive a balanced meal. Many children take unfinished food home to share with their siblings.
“I understand the needs of children and young people in Nairobi. I was born in Ngara and also went through many challenges. The only difference between me and the millions of other young people in Nairobi is that I had an opportunity. We also have to create opportunities for others,” he said.
Sakaja accompanied the DP on a tour of Kasarani region on Friday where they announced a plan to build 20 new markets in Nairobi. They promised the people of Mwiki that one of the markets would be located in their neighborhood.
“We need to provide the markets with lights, toilets, water and modern facilities for people’s dignity,” Ruto said. “If we can spend billions to bail out Kenya Airways every year, what if we put those billions to support small businesses? If KQ is a company, who said mama mboga isn’t? »