Residents asks Municipality Board to improve sanitation in Murang’a town
By Bernard Munyao – Kna Muranga
Residents of Murang’a town and the business community are challenging the newly inaugurated Municipality Board to improve sanitation and security within the town.
Speaking during a public participation forum in Murang’a town, the residents decried what they described as deteriorating sanitation standards which were putting their lives at risk of contradicting diseases.
Increased population in Murang’a town and its environment, the participants claimed, had exerted pressure on available sanitation facilities hence the urgent need to expand the facilities.
Traders at Mukuyu open market on the outskirts of the town complained that the town has not been supplied with water for several months, something which puts locals at risk of contracting cholera among other water borne diseases.
Phyllis Waithera, a trader at the market told members of the Board headed by Ben Githinji that they have been forced to access toilet services from neighbouring residential houses after water connected to the market toilets was disconnected.
“The market is one of the main sources of revenue to Murang’a County government but it’s unfortunate the place lacks clean water!” posed Waithera.
She also challenged the Board to install security lights within the markets saying theft of their merchandise have increased in the recent past.
The residents further decried delay in collection of garbage, accusing devolved administration of not providing enough facilities and manpower towards effective collection and disposal of garbage.
“We cast our hopes to you Municipality Board in employing enough personnel to handle cleaning, garbage collection and manning of sewerage line so as we can live in clean environment,” one of the residents Peter Mwangi told the members of the Board.
Mwangi said the Board needs also to increase trucks so as to ensure the exercise of collection of garbage is done on a daily basis.
The seven-member Murang’a Municipal Board was inaugurated in February this year and has started collecting views from residents before embarking into delivering services.
The Board, will get funding from the National government through the Kenya Urban Centres Support Programme and also from the county government in effort to improve services within Murang’a town and neighbouring urban centres.
The municipality board is also entrusted to mobilize resources from donors among other shareholders towards achievement of its responsibilities.
Fielding questions from the participants, the members of the Board promised to move swiftly and provide needed services in the town.
The chairman of the Board, Githinji said they will work in consultation with the residents so as to give priority to areas they have identified.
He further observed that municipality has already received Sh. 60 million from the Kenya Urban Centres Support Programme to kick start its functions.
One of the members of the Board Doctor Bernard Muia said sanitation will be given priority so as to ensure residents are saved from contracting diseases.
“Cleanliness is very crucial as it will help in curbing outbreak of diseases and also enable our traders to operate in better environment,” added Muia.
He said the Board will put in place measure will ensure high standards of sanitation are attained within the town and its environment.