Nyandarua and Nakuru counties have entered into joint partnership to explore the possibility of sharing water resources for the benefit of area residents.
During a joint meeting between Nyandarua Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi and Nakuru Governor H.E. Kinuthia Mbugua, it was resolved that a special taskforce comprising top officials from the two counties be formed to work out the terms of reference for the pact.
Governor Mbugua was accompanied by senior staff including Lands and Physical Planning Minister Hon. Rachael Maina, Finance Minister Hon. Francis Mathia, Chief of Staff Mr. Raymond Komen, and the Chief of Protocol Mr. Mike Gitone.
Others included Members of the Nakuru County Assembly led by Majority Leader Hon. Waithuki Njane and Naivasha town MCA Hon. Eunice Wambui Muriithi alias Mama Soko, the chairman of Lake Naivasha Basin Mr. Mark Kariuki and the chairman of Nakuru Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr. Njuguna Kamau.
The Nyandarua side comprised of the Governor, his deputy H.E. Waithaka Mwangi Kirika, Water, Energy and Environment Minister Hon. Grace Gitonga, Health Minister Hon. Dr. Peter Mbugua, County Secretary Mr. M.D. Irungu, Chief Officer for Water Eng. Daniel Kamami, Chief of Staff Mr. Gitau Mburu and other senior staff.
Members of the County Assembly present included the chairman of water and environment committee hon. Kiruka Mburu( Charagita), chairman of Agriculture Committee Hon. Kimani Njiraini (Kaimbaga) and chairman of delegated committee /legislation Hon. Wahome Kamoche (Rurii).
Also in the meeting was the Chief Executive Officer for Rift Valley Water Services Board Eng. Japheth Mutai and the Managing Director of Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority (Tarda) Mr. Stephen Githaiga.
After holding a joint meeting lasting five hours in Ol’kalou town, the two sides agreed to form a special taskforce comprising of senior officials from the two sides and other relevant water bodies who will work out the terms of reference.
The task force is expected to meet in Nakuru within one week and come out with a preliminary report that will be approved by the two Governors.
While fielding questions from journalists, H.E. Governor Waithaka explained that Nyandarua County was keen to partner with Nakuru and other counties consuming water from local sources so Nyandarua residents can benefit.
“We supply water to many counties including Nakuru, Nairobi, Coast and parts of Northern Kenya and it is only fair that residents of Nyandarua benefit from the conservation efforts especially for Aberdare mountains which is a major water tower,” he said.
Governor Mbugua said his administration had collaborated with Nyandarua in the revival of pyrethrum and the formulation of laws governing the packaging of potatoes and he was optimistic the joint co-operation in the use of water resources will succeed.
“We have registered major success in the revival of pyrethrum and the formulation of potato packaging laws and I have confidence we shall partner in finding ways that our people can benefit from the use of water resources in our areas,” he said.
Nyandarua Government is keen to partner with relevant counties in initiating water projects that will see the commodity supplied to residents of the county who have previously depended largely on dirty water drawn from dams and shallow wells.