SPEECH BY H.E MIKE MBUVI SONKO, GOVERNOR NAIROBI CITY COUNTY ON MONDAY DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF A WORKSHOP ON NAIROBI CITY COUNTY WATER & SANITATION POLICY AND BILL HELD ON 15TH JANUARY 2018.
THE CHAIRMAN, WATER & SANITATION COMMITTEE;
THE DEPUTY CHAIRMAN;
THE DEPUTY SPEAKER;
MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE;
MANAGING DIRECTOR, NAIROBI WATER ENG. MUGUNA;
ALL STAFF PRESENT;
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
I wish to welcome you all to this workshop where we will have intensive deliberations on the proposed Water and Sanitation Policy and Bill for Nairobi City County.
This is in line with my vision of a clean, beautiful and healthy city where water is safe, accessible, affordable and regular. My administration is committed to providing safe water to all the residents of Nairobi. In order to achieve this, we are working towards cutting water losses so that we can ensure supply to all households, especially the poor in the informal sector.
Water supply in Nairobi has never matched its population growth. This has generated an ever-growing deficit. Nearly half of the water distributed through the system is NON REVENUE WATER. This means that it is either not billed through theft or it is lost through leaking pipes and poor storage.
It is also important to note that nearly half a million households in informal settlements have no access to water, or the water available is not sufficient to meet their basic needs. Majority of them do not have enough money to buy water even when supplies exist. It is also sad to note that water sold in informal settlements is the most expensive water in Nairobi County and this must be addressed immediately.
Water and Sanitation is one of my key development pillars for the county. In line with The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number six and the Constitution of Kenya Article 43, it is my responsibility to ensure that every resident of Nairobi receives clean drinking water and adequate sanitation.
Ladies and gentlemen, in May, 2017 the National Government operationalized water Act 2016 whose purpose is to provide the general framework of implementation of the Kenya constitution 2010.
Today we are here to review the proposed Water and Sanitation Policy and Bill for the County so as to harmonize the National and County policies. I am pleased to be part of this journey that will contribute in the legislative process.
This is anticipated to culminate into enactment of Nairobi City County Water and Sanitation Policy and Bill that will provide policy and legislative framework for delivery of water and sanitation service within Nairobi.
I appeal to all citizens of goodwill to support this legislative process that will promote access to safe water and sanitation services to all residents of Nairobi.
Finally, Ladies and gentlemen I believe that if we work together and put our technical, social and financial resources to good use, we will deliver our manifesto.
The devolved system of Government has given us the powers and resources to tackle these problems. The burden is upon us to deliver.
God bless you all.
H.E MIKE MBUVI SONKO, EGH GOVERNOR